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More People Are Moving to San Francisco Than Any Other City in the USA

Scott Lucas | March 24, 2014 | Story Real Estate

It isn't just your imagination. That BART car really is more crowded than it used to be. It's harder to get the bartender to notice you at Rickhouse. And you don't need us to tell you how hard it is to find an apartment.

Turns out that a large part of that is that San Francisco is busting at seems—in the last two years, no other major American city had a great percentage of people from out of town moving in. According to data gathered from U-Haul by Bloomberg, San Francisco experienced an average of a 6.9% rate of move-in growth in 2011 and 2012, the most recent years for which data is available.

That means for every 100 people in front of you in the line at Blue Bottle Coffee at the Mint Plaza, there are now at least 114, all else being equal. It also helps to explain what our colleague Ellen Cushing calls the "nativism" of the anti-tech protestors.

In what should clearly be seen as related news, San Francisco's residential home sales prices have soared as much as 40% to 50% in the last ten years, and even our commercial rents make start-up founders, "want to throw up."

The top ten most moved-to cities:

1. San Francisco,CA 6.9%
2. Nashville, TN: 6.7%
3. Austin, TX: 5.3%
4. Raleigh, NC: 4.9%
5. Vancouver, WA: 4.5%
6. Columbus, OH: 4.3%
7. Louisville, KY: 4.2%
8. Dallas, TX: 3.9%
9. Tacoma, WA: 3.6%
10. Denver, CO: 3.5%

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