Raleigh, North Carolina – Millions of people moved to a different postcode between February 2021 and February 2022, the most in any 12-month period since 2010.
North Carolina was a big winner from this move. The state had the third highest immigration rate during this period, second only to Florida and Texas. In Raleigh alone, 10 years ago, the population was about 400,000. Since then, its population has jumped by around 15%, to around 467,000.
The stats are the latest findings from a new Moody’s Analytics analysis shared with Axios and first reported by The Wall Street Journal.
This trend includes a variety of factors, including North Carolina‘s proximity to beach and mountain scenery, warm climate, booming tech sphere in Research Triangle Park, attractive job market, good schools and renowned universities.
From the coast to the mountains and everywhere in between, North Carolina has a bit of something for everyone.
“Right now they can live anywhere and they want to live somewhere warm,” said relocation specialist Julie Kopetsky. “All the open space here – people are really drawn to that, coming from really urban places that don’t see a lot of land.”
Kopetsky says he noticed the migration in early 2021.
“During COVID there was a downturn, so we had a natural increase after COVID.”
Some 46 million people moved to a different ZIP code between February 2021 and February 2022, the most in any 12-month period since 2010. North Carolina gained 64,970 residents, according to the analysis.
“North Carolina is experiencing rapid migration,” said Adam Kamins of Moody Analytics. “You’re attracting more people from the New York area to the Triangle.”
Kamins, who published the analysis, said he found many were heading to the Triangle for an ever-growing job market – other areas are proving equally attractive as Kamins says remote working has changed. gives it.
“In places like Wilmington or Asheville that are popular with tourists and retirees, the ability to work from anywhere makes places more attractive now,” Kamins said.