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Charlotte and Raleigh act like siblings sometimes, especially when it comes to which city is going to top the list for “Most Desirable City To Live In.”

They say there’s no place like home, but new research reveals fewer Americans feel that way today. According to a new report from Home Bay and Allied Van Lines, only 63% of Americans say they like where they live in 2023, which is down from 80% last year.

The report finds:

  • That 29% of people have moved in the last year, many to chase new opportunities or have a better life.
  • Americans agree that the most desirable places to live have low crime rates (46%), affordable homes (43%) and a low cost of living (41%).
  • High crime (41%), a high cost of living (36%), expensive homes (34%) and high taxes (33%) all make a place overrated.
  • Americans consider Seattle both the most desirable U.S. city to live in and the most underrated in the U.S.
  • New York City is considered the most overrated city in the country, followed by San Francisco and Los Angeles.
  • Washington, D.C. is the least desirable city to live in, with Baltimore in second and Atlanta in third.
  • During the first six months of 2023, Chicago had the most outbound moves of any city, while Phoenix had the most inbound moves.
  • About 40% of Americans say they would like to live in a different area, while 26% would prefer to move to a different country, if they had the option.

The Top 10 Most Desirable Cities

  1. Seattle, Washington
  2. Tampa, Florida
  3. Charlotte, North Carolina
  4. New York, New York
  5. Denver, Colorado
  6. San Francisco, California
  7. Los Angeles, California
  8. Orlando, Florida
  9. Nashville, Tennessee
  10. San Diego, California

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