Aw, summertime. Barbeques, swimming and relaxing on the beach. Not a care in the world, right? You’re moving? Oh no!
Never mind, you’re not alone. Turns out that the summer months are the peak months for moving and finding a new place to live. RadPad sees its highest apartment search volume from June through August. Don’t believe us, just look at some quick Google search trends data.
Searches for both moving trucks and moving boxes across the U.S. on Google peak June through August, with the highest upticks in queries coming the last week of each of those months. Makes sense, if you’re getting to the end of your current lease right?
U.S. Census Bureau data also shines some light on just how many Americans will be moving this summer. A report they issued in 2009 found that 30% of moves occur during the summer. Furthermore, HomeData analyzed more recent census data to report that nearly 40 million people move each year. Doing some quick math, we can estimate that around 12 million people will be moving from now through August!
Why the summer? Well the summer generally means good weather in cold climates, so you know you’re not going to have to deal with moving or driving in snow. In addition, people generally use vacation days in the summer as well, which makes it easy to coordinate the time to move.
A Look at Los Angeles
Given the weather in Los Angeles is generally great and stable, does that mean renters space out their moving over the year? Not really. Here is what year-over-year searches for “moving truck rental” looks like in Google Trends for those in Los Angeles.
Just like rest of the nation, and cold weather areas, those in the Los Angeles area are peak searching for a “moving truck rental” during the end of June, July and August each year. So where may they be moving to? That’s where we thought RadPad could help out.
We decided to pull nearly 2,000 of the most recent unique searches on our platform for a new apartment over the last 30-days from renters in the greater Los Angeles area that were looking to move to a new zip code.
Similar to national moving averages, more than half of those searchers were for a new location within Los Angeles County. Another 25%, or so, were for searches of towns and cities in adjacent counties such as San Bernardino.
Here is a look at the Top Ten of the master search list:
1) Harbor City, CA ($1,000/Month): Harbor City, the neighborhood in the harbor region of LA came in as the #1 overall search zip code for those looking for a new place to live in the Los Angeles area. The neighborhood plays host to around 36,000 residents and is considered on the lower side of rent cost (when compared with other zip codes listed below). Located next to the Pacific Coast Highway, its central location is a quick commute to prominent sites in LA (such as Redondo and Manhattan Beach). Harbor City often makes its way onto top-ten lists for safe and affordable places to live in the LA-area. Though small, it’s especially popular amongst those within the ages of 25-29, making it a relatively young area for renters. Half of the city’s land is also taken up by Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park–a popular spot for hiking, picnics and BBQ parties year-round.
2) North Hollywood, CA ($2,022/Month): North Hollywood is a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley region of the city of Los Angeles. It is home to the NoHo Arts District and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. It has seven public and eight private schools. The area has been named one of the best up-and-coming neighborhoods in the Los Angeles area to live in. Though on the more expensive side, it is a great base for quick access to key Los Angeles locations and spacious housing.
3) Rosemead, CA ($2,000/Month): Rosemead is a another city in Los Angeles County. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 53,764. Rosemead is part of a cluster of cities, along with Arcadia, Temple City, Monterey Park, San Marino, and San Gabriel, in the west San Gabriel Valley. Known for its small town vibe in the heart of Los Angeles’ urban energy, those moving to Rosemead can expect to frequent farmers markets, partake in community activities, and experience a strong, traditional communal environment. Though it’s a quiet town, it provides safe living conditions and close proximity to Angeles National Park (a popular hiking area for LA locals), making it popular amongst movers.
4) Long Beach, CA ($1,495/Month): Long Beach is actually the 36th largest city in the U.S. and the seventh largest in California. In addition, Long Beach is the second largest city in the Greater Los Angeles Area (after Los Angeles). Considered a ‘giant playground’ in the heart of Southern California, Long Beach has a place for everyone with its growing contrast of luxury real estate and cool, hip living. The price of living isn’t too unreasonable either for a popular Los Angeles area. It’s also the location of the famous Ferris Bueller’s House–so that’s a plus right!?
5) Pico Rivera, CA ($1,602/Month): Pico Rivera is based approximately 11 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, on the eastern edge of the Los Angeles county. The 2010 census reported that the city had a population of 62,942. With a total of nine parks, 18 athletic fields, two gymnasiums, four community centers and an executive golf course located in the heart of town, it’s a great place to live for those looking to spend their time outdoors. Only a little more expensive than Long Beach, the cost is still considered a steal for the amenities it offers.
6) Ontario, CA ($1,500/Month): Located in San Bernardino County and about 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. As of the 2010 Census, the city had a population of 163,924 and its very own ‘Ontario International Airport’ located right in the middle of the city. A nice alternative to the craziness that can be at LAX. It also has an incredible growing economy with diverse job opportunities available, making it its own hub for opportunity out of the main Los Angeles area. In addition, if you need to get into downtown Los Angeles, the gold line extension into the Inland Empire provides a nice alternative to driving your car all the way in.
7) Van Nuys, CA ($1,500/Month): Van Nuys can be downright hot in the summer months, so keep that in mind if you’re planning a summer move. However, it is home to 1932 Art Deco Valley Municipal Building (Van Nuys City Hall), a visual landmark and Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument. Van Nuys Boulevard, one of the cities big commercial districts, is one of many Van Nuys streets offering a strong economic environment with a good median rent price to match. A popular area amongst residents is on the Sherman Oaks border (often debated where that begins and ends), which is compared to living in Arcadia.
8) Compton, CA ($929/Month): Compton’s reputation often precedes itself, but the truth is the city has changed a lot over the last 25 years. With the Gateway Towne Center opening in 2007 as the home to new Target and Home Depot, as well as the addition of the 10,000-square-foot office and retail space created with the Martin Luther King Jr. Transit Center, you may not recognize the area described in NWA’s original lyrics. However, that’s not to say that it has been completely transformed. Although the crime rate is down in Compton, it still ranks as one of the highest crime areas in the county.
9) Las Vegas, NV: The only out of state destination on the broader search list, more on this in a minute!
10) Sherman Oaks, CA ($2,095/Month): On the other side of Van Nuys, Sherman Oaks is a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles. Although more on the expensive side, the neighborhood includes a portion of the Santa Monica Mountains, which gives Sherman Oaks a lower population density than some other areas in Los Angeles. Known for its gorgeous views, beautiful real estate, and generally cooler temperatures in the hills, it’s an ideal spot for anyone looking to escape the heat of Van Nuys, as well as the hustle and bustle of downtown LA.
Leaving for Las Vegas
But what about the around 15% of searches that were for other major metros in California (outside of Los Angeles County), or for locations in other states. We isolated those searches and here is a look at where Los Angelenos are looking to move if they’re looking for a big move out of LA.
- 1) Las Vegas (19.93% of rental searches, $750/Month) With nearly 20 million Americans spending more than 30% of their income on rent according to Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS), it’s not surprising that Los Angelenos may be looking for cheaper living options as they plan a summer move. Los Angeles is continually ranked as one of the top five or ten most expensive places to rent in the country with a current 1BR/month median cost of $2,140. One market that isn’t? Las Vegas. At only $750 a month, you can save yourself as much as $1,390 a month by moving less than 300 miles. You might be able to find a new job as well. There are a growing number of opportunities within Las Vegas in many fields outside of hospitality – including technology. The biggest push coming from Zappos founder Tony Hsieh and his $350M project to transform downtown Las Vegas into a startup hub.
2) San Jose (16.73%, $2,420/Month) The next door neighbor of San Francisco and home to many beloved startups and technology conglomerates such as Facebook, Apple, and Google — San Jose has grown popular amongst renters due to its lower rental prices and more sprawling green spaces. Also home to Alum Rock Park, one of the oldest parks in the state, the outdoor opportunities in San Jose are plentiful compared to the bustling and crowded city streets of downtown San Francisco.
3) New York City (5.34%, $3,000/Month) We often hear the story of New York’s creative class and advertising elite leaving in droves for the sunshine and laid-back lifestyle of Southern California. However, some folks that headed west may be missing the seasons, or perhaps they’re tired of taking right turns on red. While they may find cleaner sidewalks when they get back to New York City, they’ll also find much higher rents. Even in downsizing from Los Angeles, that means renters headed back east will be spending around 28% more for a one bedroom than they would spend on a one bedroom in the LA-area.
4) Dallas (3.91%, $1,278/Month) With one of the strongest growing economies in the country since the recession, Dallas is flooding with opportunity. Home to 20 Fortune 500 companies, a strong job market for college grads, and some of the greatest sports teams in the nation, there’s no wonder why renters are flocking the streets of this Texan city. According to USA Today, the city’s skyline also beat out some of the world’s greatest, coming in at #1 amongst readers. Time to get a roof deck and as much as $862 more dollars in your pocket each month?
5) San Diego (3.56%, $1,670/Month): Home to some of the country’s most beautiful beaches, the San Diego zoo, and some of the best weather around, there’s no wonder movers are searching south from Los Angeles. Although not as bustling as its northern neighbor, those looking to settle down or catch a breather (with a fresh margarita in hand), will find exactly what they’re looking for. Whether it’s in the hip confines of Cardiff or beer-guzzling Gaslamp district, it is said that some of the happiest people can be found in San Diego. With nearly $500 more a month in your wallet, what’s not to be happy about?
6) San Francisco (3.20%, $3,500/Month) Although it has fully established itself as the most expensive city to live in, people are still flocking to San Francisco. And with reason–home to beautiful architecture, diversity along every corner, a whole lot of job opportunity, renters find reason to justify the crazy cost of living. Compared with the urban spread of Los Angeles, San Francisco also has streets made for biking and a public transportation system that tops the cost and maintenance of owning a car. But is it worth spending an additional $1,360 a month in rent?
7) Phoenix (2.85%, $911/Month): Although it can get hot (even hotter than here this week), the beauty and serenity of Phoenix can breath some fresh air into your living situation. It can also put a lot more green in your wallet. With median one-bedroom costs coming in around $911 a month, you could be saving more than $1,229 a month!
8) Seattle (2.49%, $1,795/Month): While decreasing your expenses in rent, you may also be able to increase your income in wages. In 2015, Seattle employed 1,981,802 people and exceeded job growth expectations. A recent study found that Washington state has also seen strong growth in wages. Aside from opportunity, Seattle has also become well known for its casual and hip style mixed with a cool, smart population of young renters. Probably due to the fact that it’s home to the OG Starbucks.
9) Atlanta (1.78%, $1,453/Month): For car-dependent Los Angelenos, Atlanta would seem like a natural fit. It’s sprawling urban area often makes cars a necessity for most and it has quickly become one of the biggest markets for electric car sales. It’s actually ahead of Los Angeles in that department. So if you want some additional credits towards an electric vehicle, and saving around 32% in rent sounds good, you may want to consider a move to Atlanta.
10) Houston (1.78%, $1,060/Month): Like many Texas cities, those that are looking to move to Houston this summer will find a fairly healthy job market – albeit one that is less dominated by energy jobs. With the oil market taking a dive in 2016, so has the rental market. However, the resulting overabundance of apartment supply means that those looking to move to “Space City” will find a renter-friendly market with a low median rental price for a one bedroom. Though not quite as popular as Dallas, you’ll find even more renter-friendly deals here.
The last thing you want to worry about when moving and changing your mailing address is writing a rent check and mailing it in for your second month’s rent. Pay rent with your debit card (totally free!) or credit card, and RadPad will send your landlord a check one time, or every month on your due date. So you can finally say goodbye to your checkbook – no matter who your new landlord is!