Jonathan J. Higuera

Phoenix a top choice for relocation

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The daily drumbeat of not-so-positive news emanating from our state and city may lead some of us to forget the virtues of living in this Sun Belt city, but those virtues are certainly on the minds of many who are seeking to start anew in another state or city.

Phoenix ranked as the third most common destination for people moving to new cities, according to data from Penske Truck Rental. Movers identified the desire for a warmer climate as the biggest reason for their decision to move.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 36 million people relocated in 2012, an increase from 2011’s record low of 35.1 million. And, while many of those stayed within the same county, plenty of them packed their bags and moved to a different state.

The top five destinations were Atlanta, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Phoenix, Orlando, and Chicago. Clearly, the last city on that list doesn’t fit the warmer-weather motif.

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