It looks like there is more to all the Silicon Valley traffic this year than just a larger number of people having jobs post-recession. San Jose has taken the top spot in terms of inbound moves in the nation. There were 51% more inbound moves than outbound moves in San Jose. That means that for every 100 families that move out of the city, 151 are moving in.
Second place went to Portland, which was followed by Houston in third, San Francisco in fourth, and Charlotte rounding out the top five. The five cities with the largest moving deficits were Chicago (25.9% more moving out than in), New York City, St. Louis, Boston, and Norfolk-Virginia Beach.
What does this mean? Well, our population is going to continue to grow. We're going to have to continue to look at how we can increase density and infrastructure to accommodate what could become quite a large city. Some are estimating 1.4 million San Jose residents by 2040. This also will likely mean more "big-city" amenities that would be expected of a larger city and accelerated growth of the burgeoning culture scene in San Jose.