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No. 1 reason why tenants relocate from D.C.? High rent.


While renters are traditionally more transient than homeowners and many deliberately choose to rent because of their desire to be flexible enough to switch cities and careers, a recent study by Apartment List found that renters in the Washington, D.C., area are more likely to relocate than the national average.

In a survey of 24,000 renters and an analysis of internal search data, the apartment rental site found that 77 percent of D.C. renters plan to settle in a new city, compared with 64 percent of renters nationwide. The main reason for the move is probably an easy guess for anyone who’s rented a place in the region: high rents.

High rents were cited by tenants in New York, Miami and Boston as well as D.C.

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While 42 percent of renters in D.C. cited high rent as their top reason for leaving, the next three most common reasons are job opportunities, commuting time, and dating and friendship. Job opportunities are frequently the reason cited for moving, but D.C. is among the top three places where commuting was mentioned, along with Dallas and Atlanta.

The most-cited destination for D.C. renters is Baltimore, where they plan to move in search of greater affordability.

On the other hand, there’s no reason to fear that D.C. will be abandoned. In spite of its high housing costs, the city is among the top three destinations cited by renters who plan to relocate from other cities all over the country.

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