Atlanta named top moving destination in the US for 8th year in a row 

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Atlanta named top moving destination in the US for 8th year in a row 

For the eighth straight year, Atlanta was recognized as the top moving destination in the country. 

That’s according to Penske Truck Rental’s annual ranking in which analysts tracked one-way consumer truck rental reservations made online, through the Penske call center or at the thousands of truck rental locations across the country.

Of the largest metropolitan areas in the U.S., Atlanta topped Penske’s list.

“Fun Fact: You can walk, bike, ride, in-line skate, skateboard, horseback ride or run from Atlanta to Alabama on the Silver Comet Trail,” the company noted in an infographic about the city.

According to the Atlanta Regional Commission, since 2010, the 10-county Atlanta region has grown by 8.3 percent -- or more than 372,000 residents.

The AJC previously reported that the city of Atlanta itself added an estimated 9,900 residents April 2016 to April 2017. That’s more than double its running average annual growth rate of 4,214.

Atlanta was also recently ranked among America’s fastest-growing economies by personal finance website WalletHub. In addition to its population growth, the city region added 103,100 jobs in the past year.

Atlanta area's population growth

Population numbers from The Atlanta Regional Commission. By Stephanie Lamm/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

And when it comes to a high quality of life, Atlanta was recognized as one of the best in the world by Mercer, the world’s largest human resources consulting firm. Of the 231 global cities with the highest quality of life, only 17 American cities made the cut. Atlanta ranked 13th.

“The economy is doing great and the population is following,” Mike Carnathan, manager of the ARC’s research and analytics group, said in an August interview.

Phoenix, Arizona and Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas rounded out the top three on Penske’s list.

  1. Atlanta
  2. Phoenix
  3. Dallas/Fort Worth
  4. Houston
  5. Tampa/Sarasota, Florida
  6. Orlando, Florida
  7. Las Vegas
  8. Denver
  9. Charlotte, North Carolina
  10. Portland, Oregon
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