Insight

San Diego Takes Top Spot on Relocation-Destination List

May 4, 2014

By LOU HIRSH

San Diego ranked first among potential city relocation choices, in a recent national poll commissioned by the American Planning Association.

The Washington, D.C.-based not-for-profit organization does advocacy and education related to urban planning and community development. The group released the Harris Poll findings at its recent national convention in Atlanta.

Officials said 44 percent of more than 1,000 people surveyed online by Harris said they were somewhat or extremely likely to move within the next five years. Of those, San Diego placed first overall as the likely relocation city.

By age group, San Diego placed first among active baby boomers (age 50-65), and third among Millennials (age 21-34). Placing after San Diego in the overall poll were New York City, Boston, Denver and San Francisco.

The association also polled respondents on issues including transportation options, recruiting companies to communities, and access to high-speed internet. Officials said the poll was commissioned to analyze community preferences related to key demographic groups, for economic development purposes.

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