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Where America’s Renters Want to Move Next

A new report that tracks apartment searches between U.S. cities reveals the moving aspirations of a certain set of renters.
Many Detroit renters are itching to leave, according to an Apartment List report that analyzes online searches.
Many Detroit renters are itching to leave, according to an Apartment List report that analyzes online searches.Apartment List

Renters come and renters go, but mostly, they’re trying to get the heck out of Detroit.

That’s one of many intriguing data points from Apartment List’s new “Renter Migration Report,” which maps the aspirational migration flows of U.S. renters who used its apartment search engine between January 2018 and May 2019. The Motor City isn’t showing up as a magnet for searchers from other metropolitan areas, in spite of the long-troubled city’s recent narrative of rebirth, but Detroit takes the second spot on the list of big cities where apartment hunters are searching for new digs outside the metro area. (Number one is Orlando, but that may reflect the essential transient nature of the theme-park mecca, which also makes the top ten list of cities attracting outsiders.)