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Despite the tabloid-worthy antics of swimmer Ryan Lochte and his pals, star American athletes—including fellow swimmer Michael Phelps and gymnast Simone Biles—made their country proud this month at the Olympics in Rio.

U.S. athletes brought home 121 Olympic medals in the 2016 Games—by far the most of any country. That breaks down into 46 gold, 37 silver, and 38 bronze winners. But there was a lot of local pride, too. So which cities got the most bragging rights out of their hometown heroes?

California cities led the medal-earning pack: At final count, 57 medals, nearly half of what U.S. athletes won, came from California, according to The Atlantic’s CityLab.The data came from Patrick Adler of the Toronto-based Martin Prosperity Institute, which focuses on economic prosperity. That’s enough to put the state in fourth place internationally if it seceded and became its own country. (There are already movements afoot in the blue state to do just that if Republican Donald Trump wins the presidency.)

Sports stars from Los Angeles netted 28 medals. To put that into perspective, if the City of Angels (and celebrities) was its own nation, that tally would have put it in 10th place in the world. The city, which hosted the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games, is hoping for a trifecta if it gets to host the 2024 Summer Games.

 

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Despite the tabloid-worthy antics of swimmer Ryan Lochte and his pals, star American athletes—including fellow swimmer Michael Phelps and gymnast Simone Biles—made their country proud this month at the Olympics in Rio.

U.S. athletes brought home 121 Olympic medals in the 2016 Games—by far the most of any country. That breaks down into 46 gold, 37 silver, and 38 bronze winners. But there was a lot of local pride, too. So which cities got the most bragging rights out of their hometown heroes?

California cities led the medal-earning pack: At final count, 57 medals, nearly half of what U.S. athletes won, came from California, according to The Atlantic’s CityLab.The data came from Patrick Adler of the Toronto-based Martin Prosperity Institute, which focuses on economic prosperity. That’s enough to put the state in fourth place internationally if it seceded and became its own country. (There are already movements afoot in the blue state to do just that if Republican Donald Trump wins the presidency.)

Sports stars from Los Angeles netted 28 medals. To put that into perspective, if the City of Angels (and celebrities) was its own nation, that tally would have put it in 10th place in the world. The city, which hosted the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games, is hoping for a trifecta if it gets to host the 2024 Summer Games.

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Despite the tabloid-worthy antics of swimmer Ryan Lochte and his pals, star American athletes—including fellow swimmer Michael Phelps and gymnast Simone Biles—made their country proud this month at the Olympics in Rio.

U.S. athletes brought home 121 Olympic medals in the 2016 Games—by far the most of any country. That breaks down into 46 gold, 37 silver, and 38 bronze winners. But there was a lot of local pride, too. So which cities got the most bragging rights out of their hometown heroes?

California cities led the medal-earning pack: At final count, 57 medals, nearly half of what U.S. athletes won, came from California, according to The Atlantic’s CityLab.The data came from Patrick Adler of the Toronto-based Martin Prosperity Institute, which focuses on economic prosperity. That’s enough to put the state in fourth place internationally if it seceded and became its own country. (There are already movements afoot in the blue state to do just that if Republican Donald Trump wins the presidency.)

Sports stars from Los Angeles netted 28 medals. To put that into perspective, if the City of Angels (and celebrities) was its own nation, that tally would have put it in 10th place in the world. The city, which hosted the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games, is hoping for a trifecta if it gets to host the 2024 Summer Games.

Test – Which U.S. Cities’ Athletes Won the Most Olympic Medalse?

Despite the tabloid-worthy antics of swimmer Ryan Lochte and his pals, star American athletes—including fellow swimmer Michael Phelps and gymnast Simone Biles—made their country proud this month at the Olympics in Rio.

U.S. athletes brought home 121 Olympic medals in the 2016 Games—by far the most of any country. That breaks down into 46 gold, 37 silver, and 38 bronze winners. But there was a lot of local pride, too. So which cities got the most bragging rights out of their hometown heroes?

California cities led the medal-earning pack: At final count, 57 medals, nearly half of what U.S. athletes won, came from California, according to The Atlantic’s CityLab.The data came from Patrick Adler of the Toronto-based Martin Prosperity Institute, which focuses on economic prosperity. That’s enough to put the state in fourth place internationally if it seceded and became its own country. (There are already movements afoot in the blue state to do just that if Republican Donald Trump wins the presidency.)

Sports stars from Los Angeles netted 28 medals. To put that into perspective, if the City of Angels (and celebrities) was its own nation, that tally would have put it in 10th place in the world. The city, which hosted the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games, is hoping for a trifecta if it gets to host the 2024 Summer Games.

Elite San Franciscan athletes took the silver with 19 medals, while New York City got the third spot on the podium with 16 medals.

Baltimore and San Diego competitors each earned 10 medals. Six of Baltimore’s count were won by the world-record-shattering Phelps (although he recently relocated to Scottsdale, AZ). Miami contestants took home nine, Dallas Olympians won eight, and Colorado Springs, CO, athletes earned seven. (Colorado Springs is home to the flagship U.S. Olympic Training Center.)

Athletic challengers hailing from Chicago; Boston; Portland, OR; Houston; and Washington, DC, brought five medals back to each city.

It’s important to note that most of the medalists came from the bigger and more heavily populated cities where top coaches and training facilities are often based.

For instance, the 155-acre Chula Vista Olympic Training Center is located right next to San Diego (which also scored high on the medal count) and is a little over two hours away from Los Angeles (depending on that dreaded traffic). Athletes in primarily summer sports like archery, beach volleyball, field hockey, rowing, soccer, tennis, and track and field, as well as many more, can live and train on the campus. (A similar facility with a greater focus on winter sports is at Lake Placid, NY.)

Which U.S. Cities’ Athletes Won the Most Olympic Medalse?

Despite the tabloid-worthy antics of swimmer Ryan Lochte and his pals, star American athletes—including fellow swimmer Michael Phelps and gymnast Simone Biles—made their country proud this month at the Olympics in Rio.

U.S. athletes brought home 121 Olympic medals in the 2016 Games—by far the most of any country. That breaks down into 46 gold, 37 silver, and 38 bronze winners. But there was a lot of local pride, too. So which cities got the most bragging rights out of their hometown heroes?

California cities led the medal-earning pack: At final count, 57 medals, nearly half of what U.S. athletes won, came from California, according to The Atlantic’s CityLab.The data came from Patrick Adler of the Toronto-based Martin Prosperity Institute, which focuses on economic prosperity. That’s enough to put the state in fourth place internationally if it seceded and became its own country. (There are already movements afoot in the blue state to do just that if Republican Donald Trump wins the presidency.)

Sports stars from Los Angeles netted 28 medals. To put that into perspective, if the City of Angels (and celebrities) was its own nation, that tally would have put it in 10th place in the world. The city, which hosted the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games, is hoping for a trifecta if it gets to host the 2024 Summer Games.

Elite San Franciscan athletes took the silver with 19 medals, while New York City got the third spot on the podium with 16 medals.

Baltimore and San Diego competitors each earned 10 medals. Six of Baltimore’s count were won by the world-record-shattering Phelps (although he recently relocated to Scottsdale, AZ). Miami contestants took home nine, Dallas Olympians won eight, and Colorado Springs, CO, athletes earned seven. (Colorado Springs is home to the flagship U.S. Olympic Training Center.)

Athletic challengers hailing from Chicago; Boston; Portland, OR; Houston; and Washington, DC, brought five medals back to each city.

It’s important to note that most of the medalists came from the bigger and more heavily populated cities where top coaches and training facilities are often based.

For instance, the 155-acre Chula Vista Olympic Training Center is located right next to San Diego (which also scored high on the medal count) and is a little over two hours away from Los Angeles (depending on that dreaded traffic). Athletes in primarily summer sports like archery, beach volleyball, field hockey, rowing, soccer, tennis, and track and field, as well as many more, can live and train on the campus. (A similar facility with a greater focus on winter sports is at Lake Placid, NY.)

How Long Does It Really Take to Close on a House?

You’ve turned on (and hopefully off) at least 20 water faucets and peered into about 50 closets (oh, the things you’ve seen!). And now, at long last, you’ve found the perfect home. So you make an offer, which is accepted. Congrats. Now, exactly how long does it take to close on a house?

Read on to get the gist of your closing timeline, plus what can slow things down—or speed things up.

Average home closing time frame

One recent study found that closing times are getting longer—on average it now takes 50 days. And while that may seem like an eternity to eager buyers or sellers, there’s good reason this doesn’t happen lickety-split. For one, buyers who require mortgages must finish the loan process and property appraisal.

Home buyers should also use this time to complete their due diligence by reviewing the property title and completing a home inspection, says Todd Huettner of Huettner Capitol. This chunk of time also gives both the seller and buyer time to plan their move.

What can slow down a closing?

Even though a property is under contract, the occasional hitch can make closing time go from warp speed to a ultra-slo-mo. Here are the typical hiccups.

  • Funds: Yes, you guessed it. The most common reason for a delayed closing is usually related to buyer financing, says Jerry Koller of California’s International Home. The leading issue: getting a loan approved. Buyers can avoid this time drain by obtaining a mortgage pre-approval letter, something many sellers require along with an offer. And remember, even with a pre-approval, it can take 30 days for the lender to complete its due diligence once an offer is made, so plan accordingly. Cash buyers save a significant amount of time by avoiding the mortgage process.
  • Appraisal disparities: In order for a mortgage to be approved, the bank needs to appraise the home. But if the appraisal comes in low, it will take time to renegotiate the price.
  • No insurance: Failing to secure homeowners insurance until the last minute slows down a closing since it’s often required before you move in, says Paul Moore, a real estate agent and broker in Virginia.
  • Contingencies: “If a buyer needs to sell their existing home and/or a seller needs to buy a new home, this could also delay the expected closing date,” says Colin T. McDonald at Re/Max Capital in Albany, NY.

How to speed up a closing

If you want to ensure your closing reaches the finish line in record time, here are things you can do to help.

  • Resolve title issues: Sellers should resolve any problems—such as a tax lien—regarding the title to the property, says Susan Naftulin, president of Rehab Financial Group. Provide the title company with copies of the satisfactions before the title search to avoid any red flags. If you haven’t satisfied the lien, informing the title company that you want it paid out of closing proceeds will keep the process moving along.
  • Address repairs: A home inspection usually generates a laundry list of repairs that need to be resolved before closing. While sellers can make the repairs, in general it’s much faster for them to just reduce the price or give the buyers a tax credit so they can make their repairs on their own time.
  • Communicate: Jack Matos, director of escrow operations at Palatine, IL–based Proper Title, says buyers with questions about the closing documents or walk-through concerns need to immediately inform their Realtor® or attorneys. “Any significant changes at this late hour will require new forms and review periods,” he says. All that said, don’t feel pressured to just rush through things without fully understanding them. When in doubt, don’t be afraid to take a breather and discuss whatever’s nagging you until you’re confident you can sign on the dotted line.

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Ali Wentworth and George Stephanopoulos Selling in Southhampton headline

Actress Ali Wentworth may be “Happily Ali After,” but her former Southampton home doesn’t get to join the fun: Along with husband George Stephanopoulos, she recently listed her five bedroom estate for $6.995 million.

Wentworth starred in Fox’s sketch comedy series “In Living Color” and appeared in guest spots on shows like “Seinfeld” and “Felicity.” Husband Stephanopoulos is certainly the bigger name of the long-married couple: As ABC’s chief anchor and co-anchor of “Good Morning America,” fans of “Sexy Stephanopoulos” can find him on-air whenever they want.

Their Southampton home is worthy of TV royalty. No expense has been spared in outfitting the house with every luxury one might require, from a gated entrance to a 1,000-bottle wine cellar to a covered veranda that spans the length of the house.

Inside, the kitchen is impeccably designed, with a long marble island, subway tile, and on-trend white cabinetry. A unique tin ceiling adds some vintage-like appeal to the hyper-modern space. Beyond, French doors open directly to the backyard.

Entertainers will love the 1.5-acre property. A spacious lawn, perfect for flag football or a grand soiree, is tucked between the pool and sunken tennis court, designed for all-weather play—and a great stress reliever for busy anchors.

 

A modern kitchen.
A modern kitchen.

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An ideal veranda for entertainers.
An ideal veranda for entertainers.

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The traditional estate.

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Golfer Jason Dufner Selling Auburn Home For $540K

Professional golfer Jason Dufner won’t be Dufnering in this four-bedroom, three-full- and one half-bath home in Auburn, AL., anymore. He’s put the home he purchased  for $457,000 in 2010 on the market for $539,900.

Dufner houseThe Dufner house

The 3,103-square-foot home feature an open floor plan with formal dining room and a master suite on the main level. The master bath includes both a soaker tub and large walk-in shower. A large outdoor space complete with built-in grill provides great entertaining possibilities. Diana Ramage, a former Auburn golfer herself as is Dufner, is the listing agent.

Dufner had lived in the home with his wife Amanda but the pair divorced in early 2015. Amanda reportedly received a $2.5 million settlement while Dufner received this house and another he was building on 46 acres in Auburn, where he went to college. Amanda Boyd was rumored to be involved romantically with Tiger Woods.

Fellow pro golfers coined Dufnering in 2013 after a picture was published of Dufner slouching against a wall while visiting a school. Dufner has since slimmed down and changed his eating habits after health issues kept him away from golf in 2014. Selling this house likely fits in with his new slimmer regime of jettisoning dead weight.

Rock Hall of Famer Steve Miller Selling Secluded Mansion in San Juan Islands

It looks like newly-minted Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Steve Miller is attempting to fly like an eagle from his gorgeous spread on Washington’s San Juan Island. He recently listed his northwestern nest for $16,800,000.

That may sound like a princely sum, but Miller isn’t playing the joker. San Juan, the namesake island of the remote archipelago, is a 40-minute sea plane ride from Seattle, which makes it an ideal respite for actors, musicians, politicians and tech titans.

Steve Miller's estate on San Juan Island
Steve Miller’s estate on San Juan Island

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Miller’s estate is located in the Friday Harbor area and encompasses nearly 39 acres, some of them waterfront, set on the shores of the sheltered bay. Naturally, it comes with a deep water dock that can accommodate a large yacht. The park-like grounds include hiking trails and sweeping views of the bay, Zen gardens, a Japanese tea house, plus a manicured pasture for a space cowboy’s horses.

There is fine custom woodwork through out Steve Miller's main residence on San Juan Island
There is fine custom woodwork throughout Steve Miller’s main residence on San Juan Island

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The 11,686 square foot contemporary main residence has plenty of open space and huge rooms. There may be only two large bedrooms, but there’s a sizable recording studio that can be used as-is or divided into even more bedrooms, according to listing agent Michael Ford of Sotheby’s International Realty. There are four-and-a-half baths, plus a 5,723 square foot finished basement. You’ll find elegant custom woodwork throughout—bookcases, drawers, paneling, even on the deck spa just off the master suite.

The custom spa of the master suite in Steve Miller's San Juan Island estate
The custom spa of the master suite in Steve Miller’s San Juan Island estate

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Ford added that in addition to the main residence, there are eight additional separate structures on the property, including a barn, shop, greenhouse, and caretakers’ accommodations.

Miller began his career playing blues and rock, with the likes of Les Paul, Muddy Waters,and Boz Scaggs. From the mid-1970s through the early 1980s, he and the Steve Miller Band recorded a series of chart-topping hits including ‘Fly Like An Eagle,’ ‘Rock’n Me,’ ‘Take the Money and Run,’ ‘The Joker’ and ‘Jungle Love.’

 

Former QB Ty Detmer Selling $1.24M Austin Home

In preparation for a cross-country move, BYU’s offensive coordinator is packing up his Texas belongings. Ty Detmer—who once played quarterback for his new employer—recently listed his four-bedroom Austin home for $1.24 million.

Detmer won the Heisman trophy (along with a litany of other awards and accolades) during his all-star stint with the BYU Cougars in the late ’80s and early ’90s. His college success didn’t translate to NFL glory: He served as backup quarterback for six different teams before leaving professional football for coaching in 2005.

Fans can see evidence of his success all over his 4,673-square-foot house—including the two-story office, still home to his Heisman.

The large covered patio in the back is the “perfect place to entertain,” says listing Realtor Joanna Lee. “It’s just this beautiful, big patio, with plenty of room for al fresco dining.”

Buyers can transform the 1.86-acre yard into “the backyard of their dreams,” she says. “It’s flat, it’s usable. It’s a blank slate. There’s nothing in the way that would keep someone from building whatever they would like.”

And because the home is tucked away at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, anything you build will be private, peaceful, and all yours.

So much potential in the enormous backyard.
So much potential in the enormous backyard.

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Major curb appeal.
Major curb appeal.

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Picture windows overlook your outdoor space.
Picture windows overlook your outdoor space.

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The Queen of Versailles Is Back! An Update on the Biggest Home in America

Almost a decade ago, Jacqueline and David Siegel ‘s extravagant project to build the largest private residence in the U.S.—named Versailles, natch—ground to a halt as the recession dented their fortune. The rise and fall of their grand ambitions were captured in a critically acclaimed 2012 documentary, “The Queen of Versailles.”

Plans for the American Versailles, a 90,000-square-foot behemoth near Orlando, FL, clearly aimed  to make the French original look shabby by comparison. Did Marie Antoinette have 10 kitchens, an ice-skating rink, and a 5,000 square foot closet? We think not.

But when hard times hit, the unfinished estate was put up for sale, with no takers. It was all in the film, which made a big splash at the Sundance Film Festival but horrified the Siegels, who filed a lawsuit for defamation of character (which a judge later dismissed).

Jacqueline Siegel with her famous golden throne
Jacqueline Siegel with her famous golden throne and portrait of her husband David in the background

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But now the colorful couple—he is the owner of Westgate Resorts, she a former beauty queen—is back on track with their dream. Having recovered their financial footing, they have resumed construction of their beloved Versailles with plans to make it more lavish than ever.

Jacqueline Siegel, known as "The Queen of Versailles"
Jacqueline Siegel, known as “The Queen of Versailles”

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Curious to hear what the Queen is up to now, we caught up with her—over fried mozzarella sticks and champagne—to hear her grand plans for her much maligned mega-mansion.

Q: When the documentary ended, you had put an unfinished Versailles on the market. What’s up with the mansion now?

Well, we put it up for sale but we weren’t really selling it. To satisfy the bankers, they told us to list a bunch of our properties, but it wasn’t like we had to sell it. So now we’re finishing and keeping Versailles. Of course, if anyone wants to offer us a crazy amount of money, we would take it.

Versailles, after the recession hit and construction was halted.
Versailles, after the recession hit and construction was halted.

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Q: What would be considered a ‘crazy amount of money?’

I don’t know, probably over $100 million. We’ve got over $50 million in it now, and will spend a lot more before it’s done.

Q: When do you expect Versailles be completed?

It should be livable by May third of next year, for my husband’s birthday. At least that’s the plan right now. By then it should be done enough to move in, but I’m sure there will be a lot of finishing touches still to be done.

Q: So it appears that your husband’s business, Westgate Resorts, has rebounded?

Yes. His business is doing great. He just had one of the best years ever. Last summer he bought the Las Vegas Hilton, which is a 3,000-room hotel where Elvis Presley used to perform. He bought the Orlando Predators, a football team, and then he bought the Coco Beach Pier, which—I didn’t even know you could buy a pier. I didn’t know those kinds of things were for sale.

Versailles, now that construction is moving forward.
Versailles, now that construction is moving forward.

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Q: When you started building, 90,000 square feet would have been the largest home in America. Now, a couple of spec homes over 100,000 square feet are in the works. Will you add another 10,000 to keep Versailles at the top?

The thing is, with the spec homes, they’re not one house under one roof. They’re including guest houses and all the extra buildings. Those are compounds. Ours is 90,000 all under one roof. I could throw in a bunch of guest houses too, to make ours bigger, and we probably will, but the 90,000 square feet is just in the main house, and doesn’t count the guard house, the tennis house, and all that.

Jackie on the Versailles grand staircase, before construction was temporarily halted.
Jackie on the Versailles grand staircase, before construction was temporarily halted.

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Q. What’s your favorite part of the house?

My favorite part is probably the ballroom. It’s going to be spectacular. We have a dome with beautiful and colorful inlaid glass in the ceiling. That was over half a million dollars and took the artist a few years to make. It’s like something you’d see in the Vatican. I plan on having the floor set with semi-precious stones to kind of mirror the image of the dome. Lapis and onyx and things like that. I plan on throwing a lot of charity events there. I love entertaining and I love making other people happy. When they see this room, people are going to be really happy.

The ornate glass dome over the Versailles ballroom-one of Jackie's favorite features.
The ornate glass dome over the Versailles ballroom-one of Jackie’s favorite features.

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Q: Are there still going to be 10 kitchens? What do you do with so many?

Everyone always asks that! So, we have a commercial kitchen for our catered events, with stainless steel refrigerators and everything. We’re going to have a kitchen with a sushi bar and a hibachi grill, which we can also use like a griddle for brunches, so it will serve two purposes. Then we’ll have a normal, family kitchen that I can cook in, and my kids can be there with me. Then all of the staff quarters have kitchens, and all the guest suites have kitchenettes, so you don’t have to get on the elevator and walk 100 yards to get a glass of milk in the middle of the night.

Q: I heard your office is going to have a giant shark tank in it.

Yes, the thing with that is that we were approached by the TV show Tanked, and they heard that I was going to put a fish tank in there, and they said they wanted us to be on their show, so we met with them and came up with the idea of building the largest shark tank in a private residence. And we’d have Sea World maintain it. And then I want a jellyfish tank too.

Q: The documentary made it appear that Versailles caused a strain on your marriage. Is that true?

I actually think it was good for our marriage. I personally feel that he [David] kind of exaggerated our position in order to pull the reins in on my spending. Like most husbands, he thought I spent too much on my credit cards. But I think it made us stronger.

Jackie and David Siegel

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Q: What would be your advice to someone else building their own dream home?

Well, first this wasn’t actually my dream home, because I couldn’t even imagine there could be houses this big. This is even bigger than my dreams. It’s even bigger than the President’s home. I think it’s important for people building their dream homes to be very hands on with it.

Q: If you were to start all over again tomorrow, what would you do differently?

You know, it’s strange that when we started building this home so many years ago, my husband and I had just visited Versailles in France, and we were inspired by the French architecture. But my tastes have changed and evolved, and now I’m kind of into a more modern style. I’ve seen so much more than I had when I was a virgin to architecture, so I don’t know, I might have to find a way to combine some modern with the French somehow.

Q: Will Versailles have special facilities for the dogs? We know you love your dogs.

Dogs will have free roam of the house—they’ll be first class residents and VIPs. They’re 50/50 house trained, and we do have doggie doors in different parts of the house now, but sometimes the dogs get lazy — they don’t want to walk that far. It’s crazy. We’re like, “Don’t you dare!”

Where Americans Are Moving—Right In This Minute!

The graduation season has arrived. After some inspiring commencement speech and mortarboard throwing, many new grads need to sit down and think about where they are moving next. Not just college grads, Americans of all days are becoming mobile again as the economic downturn fades, jobs open up, and financial prospect improve.

To get a glimpse of where that flow is happening, we have three datasets at our dispense: 1) The Census Bureau migration data collected from 2009 to 2013 that tracked people who moved in and out of their own metropolitan areas; 2) The number of cross-metro moving requests on moving.com®; 3) Cross-metro search traffic on realtor.com®. Each dataset allows us a peek into past, current and future moves. So we thought, why not combine the three to get the most holistic view?

Take a look at the most common long-distance (longer than 100 miles) migration paths among the 50 largest metropolitan areas based on the volume of people making the moves:

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It‘s hard not to notice the exodus from New York. Indeed, the New York metro has the most movers, but it’s also the biggest city. So we controlled for city size and based our calculation on the ratio of inbound to outbound moves, to come up with the most desirable cities where more people move in than out:

 Rank  Top Inbound Metro Areas  Median List Price  Unemployment rate
 1  Tampa, FL  $230,000  4.4
 2  Jacksonville, FL  $272,400  4.4
 3  Charlotte, NC  $257,500  4.9
 4  San Antonio, TX  $275,000  3.7
 5  Austin, TX  $399,000  3.1
 6  Las Vegas, NV  $260,000  6.0
 7  Orlando, FL  $262,400  4.3
 8  Nashville, TN  $315,000  3.2
 9  Raleigh, NC  $297,200  4.6
 10  Portland, OR  $416,300  4.6

What do they have in common? Affordable housing and strong job markets. The city that caught our eyes was Raleigh. We first noticed this dark horse back in March when it popped up on our monthly hottest markets report and stayed ever since. It turns out, Raleigh has one of the best job markets in both hiring opportunities and job satisfaction rate, according to Glassdoor.

Florida is clearly the winner with three cities making the cut. In addition to the retirement draw that’s remains strong, central Florida—Tampa and Orlando—and north Florida—Jacksonville—are looking attractive as strong job creators. With the state’s housing prices not fully recovered, and big condo markets as lower-cost housing options, Florida is poised for big gains. Plus, the state has no income tax.

“The only ‘bad’ story in Florida is the decline in foreign buyers, which is causing inventory to grow in southern Florida. But that’s actually a positive for domestic migration because there’s actually inventory to buy and prices are not rising rapidly as a result of growth in inventory,” said Jonathan Smoke, our chief economist.

And the The Lone Star State! The San Antonio metro famous for the River Walk, and of course, the Spurs, saw a 2.2% population growth in 2015, according to Census Bureau, among the fastest in big U.S. metros. About 80 miles away, Austin—the city that’s competing with San Antonio for the true home of breakfast taco—is officially home to 2 million people, according to Census. That’s about eightfold compared to half a century ago when IBM opened a facility that set up a stage for the high-tech boom. Austin now counts Apple, Google, Facebook, Intel, Samsung among the top employers in central Texas. In the city that wishes to keep itself weird, hipsters, live music, turtle racing, and a famous tower of junk harmoniously coexist.

On the contrary, America’s largest cities are losing residents in droves:

 Rank  Top Outbound Metro Areas  Median List Price  Unemployment rate
 1  New York, NY  $399,000  5.0
 2  Chicago, IL  $258,500  6.6
 3  Detroit, MI  $191,000  5.6
 4  San Jose, CA  $983,900  3.9
 5  Los Angeles, CA  $657,000  4.8
 6  Milwaukee, WI  $202,500  5.0
 7  St. Louis, MO  $173,200  5.1
 8  Cleveland, OH  $146,000  5.5
 9  San Francisco, CA  $859,000  3.8
 10  Philadelphia, PA  $229,900  5.0

Leaving New York, rather than moving to, has established itself as a solid trend—away from harsh winters, high taxes, high cost of living, and bad-tempered drivers. On the West coast, where a San Francisco shack is going for $1.38 million, soaring home prices are pushing local residents out and scaring away potential new ones.

Where are they going? New Yorkers are moving to Florida, San Franciscans to cheaper cities away from the coast (but not outside California!), Angeleno to Las Vegas. All are moving to Texas.

The moves driven by affordability is more troublesome than those fleeing the Rust Belt cities on the list. A 2015 research showed that the tendency to move from high-productivity regions to low-productivity ones had lowered U.S. aggregate GDP by 13.5%.

General observations can hardly speak to the different needs of various age cohorts. While a bedroom community in Arizona may be ideal for baby boomers, the soul-crashing boredom may repel millennials. To have a more accurate picture, we sliced and diced our traffic data by age groups. Let’s start with the top destinations for the fun-loving, opportunity-driven millennials:

 Rank  Top Destinations For Age Group 25-34  Median List Price  Unemployment rate
 1  San Antonio, TX  $275,000  3.7
 2  Jacksonville, FL  $272,400  4.4
 3  Tampa, FL  $230,000  4.4
 4  Miami, FL  $349,500  4.9
 5  Orlando, FL  $262,400  4.3
 6  Oklahoma City, OK  $219,000  3.9
 7  New Orleans, LA  $238,500  5.6
 8  Charlotte, NC  $257,500  5.1
 9  Austin, TX  $260,000  3.1
 10  Raleigh, NC  $297,200  4.6

Worth calling out is Oklahoma City in the Great Plains. Young and educated millennials choosing between bustling city life and cozy small town, exciting opportunities and affordability will find Oklahoma City as the perfect compromise. It’s Wallethub‘s 7th best city to start a career, taking into account factors like availability of entry-level jobs, median starting salary, economic mobility and workforce diversity.

On the other end of the spectrum, top destinations for retirees seem more predictable:

 Rank  Top Destinations For Age Group 65+  Median List Price
 1  Tampa, FL  $230,000
 2  Jacksonville, FL  $272,400
 3  Raleigh, NC  $297,200
 4  Las Vegas, NV  $260,000
 5  Charlotte, NC  $257,500
 6  San Antonio, TX  $275,000
 7  Phoenix, AZ  $305,000
 8  Birmingham, AL  $189,200
 9  Nashville, TN  $315,000
 10  Virginia Beach, VA  $260,000