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The hunt for a more affordable lifestyle is sending many to the American Southwest.
Last year, cities like Phoenix, Las Vegas, and San Antonio were the among the most popular relocation destinations for middle-class Americans, meaning those making between $45,000 and $145,000 per year, according to H&R Block’s (HRB) Outlook on American Life 2023 .
Flexibility Pays Off
Following the pandemic-era rise of remote work, many Americans, once tethered to expensive housing markets by their careers, have taken advantage of the flexibility to work from anywhere. They packed up from larger, colder cities, for the less busy, and warmer Southwest.
These were the top five most popular relocation destinations for middle-class Americans in 2022:
1. Phoenix, Arizona
2. Las Vegas, Nevada
3. San Antonio, Texas
4. Tampa, Florida
5. Houston, Texas
Tax advantages are among the key factors for people picking their new home bases.
Even though many cities in the Southwest also boast lower median home prices compared with coastal metropolitan areas, change is in the air. As certain destinations become more popular, home prices inevitably rise.
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