No exodus of California renters as 2022 starts – The Mercury News

”Survey says” looks at various rankings and scorecards judging geographic locations while noting these grades are best seen as a mix of artful interpretation and data.

Buzz: There was no exodus of renters from California to start 2022 — as far as their online search habits show.

Source: My trusty spreadsheet reviewed first-quarter migration stats from The website analyzed 1.7 million online searches for apartments by state, including what share of users was looking to exit and how much local searching is coming from elsewhere in the US


Like I said numerous times before — few people leave California and even fewer move here.

To start 2022, 15.9% of Californians seeking a new place to rent looked out of state. That was the second-lowest share among the states. Arizona was the most popular place for Golden States to look for apartments.

And 16.2% of searches for California rentals came from out of state. Again, that was the second-lowest share in the nation. And those who follow the California-Texas feud will giggle that Lone Star State residents made the most top out-of-state searches for California rentals.


So, where was the top spot for “outbound” relocations — those potential out-of-state exits?

The District of Columbia had 71% of its apartment seekers looking outside the district. Next was Vermont at 55%, Wyoming at 52%, New Hampshire at 50%, and West Virginia at 49%.

Conversely, only Florida at 15.7% had a smaller slice of out-of-state looks than California. Then came Texas at 17%, Arizona at 19%, and Utah at 21%.

Seven states had California as their residents’ No. 1 target for out-of-state apartments searches — Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Texas, Utah and Washington.

Next, ponder those “inbound” moves — places with most apartment searches that could lead to more new neighbors.

The biggest share of inbound looks was also DC, with 65% of its searches coming from outside the district. Next was Alaska and Montana at 53%, Wyoming at 52%, and South Carolina at 51%.

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