More than 1.3 million Georgia residents moved households in 2021, with the vast majority simply changing addresses within the Peach State. But even with a growing economy, manufacturing expansion and other benefits, approximately three percent of the population left the state for new locations.
According to US Census Bureau statistics, after all the moving and shaking was over from within the United States, Georgia enjoyed a net population growth from in-country migration of approximately one percent, or just over 100,000 new residents. Those numbers do not include immigration from or outward migration to other countries around the world, which further boosted Georgia's net population gains in 2021.
With a strong real estate market and changing work environments throughout the state, nearly 14 percent of the state's population switched addresses in 2021. Just over 10 percent of the population moved within the state.
For the approximately three percent of Georgians who left the Peach State for new homes in other states. two neighboring states and Texas were the go-to-choices.
Florida was the most popular destination, enticing nearly 45,000 former Georgians to the Sunshine State. However, Georgia enjoyed an overall net population gain from it's Southern neighbor, with more than 49,000 Floridians migrating North to the Peach State.
North Carolina was the second choice for relocating former Georgians, with nearly 18,000 residents finding new addresses in the Tar Heel state.
Texas was the third-most-popular destination for Georgians seeking new homes. Nearly 17,000 former Georgia residents relocated there in 2021.
Rounding out the top five in most-popular destinations for former Georgians were Alabama in fourth place, then Tennessee and South Carolina nearly tied in a statistical dead heat.