Study says Wilmington, NC one of most popular U.S. cities to move to

Traffic travels into Wilmington along U.S. 17 from Brunswick County Wed. Jan. 5, 2022.

Multiple stories about Americans being on the move during the pandemic have termed 2021 “The Great Relocation.”

At least one study has a lot of those people moving to Wilmington. In its fourth annual “migration report,”, an online moving marketplace, cited Wilmington as one of the most popular places in the country for people to move to in the past year.

With 59 percent more people moving to Wilmington than moved away, the Port City ranked No. 7 in the nation on Hire a Helper’s “most moved-to” list.

Other cities in the top 10 with Wilmington include Myrtle Beach at No. 6, with 64% more people moving to the city than from it; Mount Pleasant, S.C., at No. 4 (71%); New York City at No. 3 (86%); and Bradenton, Florida, at No. 2 (109%). 

Downtown Wilmington is one of many places that have attracted more people to the Port City area. [REALTOR.COM]

The No. 1 “most moved-to” city in the country was The Villages, an age-restricted Florida retirement community. 

The news that people are continuing to move to Wilmington — its population grew from 106,476 in 2010 to 115,451 in 2020, an 8.4% increase — “just confirms what I’ve been saying for the past five years,” said Natalie English, president and CEO of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce. “We are an attractive region, and people are going to continue to move here.”