Here Are the Top Counties That People Are Moving To — and From

Smaller, urban areas are in. Large, expensive metropolitan areas are out. That’s the main takeaway from a new list of the 10 counties with the largest inbound and outbound migration in the United States from

The analysis is based on the most recent U.S. Census Data. The stats not only show that Americans are increasingly moving to less populated, more affordable areas, but that they’re doing so for a specific reason. 55% of people said they were moving because of housing-related issues, such as the need for more affordability. 18% moved because of work.

Los Angeles County saw the largest net out-migration in the country (-381,000). Santa Clara was also in the top 10 for out-migration at -70,000. Just one California locale, Riverside County, made the top in-migration list (+81,000 at No. 7 on the list).

You can read the full results and methodology here. Below are the top 10 counties for in-migration and out-migration according to

Counties With Top Inbound Migration

1. Maricopa, AZ
2. Clark, NV
3. Denton, TX
4. Fort Bend, TX
5. Lee, FL
6. Collin, TX
7. Riverside, CA
8. Bexar, TX
9. Williamson, TX
10. Wake, NC

Counties With Top Outbound Migration

1. Los Angeles, CA
2. Cook, IL
3. Kings, NY
4. Miami-Dade, FL
5. Queens, NY
6. Bronx, NY
7. Wayne, MI
8. New York, NY
9. Fairfax, VA
10. Santa Clara, CA