A recent study based on the data provided by the IRS suggests that more and more millennials are starting to move out of traditionally popular states like New York and California into several other places across the country. Before you begin searching for Texas or Seattle moving companies, take a look at all the top 5 U.S. states millennials are currently relocating to.

#5 North Carolina

Charlotte and Raleigh
Millennial climbing on monument in Charlotte, North Carolina
Millennial climbing on monument in Charlotte, North Carolina

Kicking off the top 5 states for millennials is North Carolina. Although many are not aware of this, it has one of the nation’s largest banking centers, coming right after NYC. It’s often cited as one of the best states for business by multiple outlets. With numerous highly paid job opportunities in finances and business, it’s no wonder that North Carolina is very popular with millennials looking to start their careers. Not only that, but you’ll find plenty of affordable housing, as well as excellent outdoor activities throughout the state.

#4 Florida

Miami, Jacksonville, Tampa
Millennials watching sunset at Tampa Bay
Millennials watching sunset at Tampa Bay

Although Florida is extremely popular with retirees, there have been many millennials moving to the state in recent years. While numerous amusement parks attract millions of tourists every year, most choose to move here due to the warm subtropical climate and the proximity to the coast. You can also find very affordable real estate whether you move to Tampa, Miami, or anywhere else on the peninsula.

Besides not having an income tax, Florida is the fourth-largest economy in the country, contributed to by several industries, including tourism, aerospace, and defense. The state’s leading employment sectors are transportation, trade, business and professional services, education, healthcare, leisure, and hospitality. The population is very diverse, with multiethnic influences and heritage seen in both the architecture and the local cuisine.

#3 Colorado

Denver
Millennial entrepreneur sitting and watching Denver skyline
Millennial entrepreneur sitting and watching Denver skyline

Since the Colorado capital is the second-most populous city in the Mountain West, it’s no surprise that many millennials have been flocking to it in the last couple of years. It’s also the biggest place within an 800-mile radius, with numerous high-paying jobs in government and defense departments, tourism, agriculture, mining, and manufacturing. The commute times are reasonable, the cost of living is relatively affordable, while the entertainment opportunities are almost never-ending. Unlike the previous entry on this list, Denver gets over 300 sunny days annually, allowing you to explore its beautiful mountains and excellent outdoor activities throughout the year.

#2 Washington

Seattle
Millennials lying on grass in front of Seattle skyline
Millennials lying on grass in front of Seattle skyline

Next up is Washington, which also doesn’t have an income tax. Thanks to the abundance of job opportunities, the city of Seattle alone attracts more millennials than any other place in the U.S. Tech giants like Microsoft and Amazon have their headquarters in the state, and the whole Seattle metropolitan area is one of the country’s largest tech centers. It’s an ideal place if you’re looking for job opportunities in software development, IT, biotechnology, and aviation.

Although the city itself is best known as the birthplace of grunge, it also has a strong jazz scene. It offers all kinds of nightlife opportunities and plenty of clubs, bars, and breweries even outside of the downtown area. Some other things that make the city attractive for millennials are short commute times and the incredible outdoor opportunities throughout the whole area. The majority of the population is liberal, with all diverse groups being overwhelmingly accepted by their respective communities. If you feel like this is the place for you, start planning your move and contact some Seattle moving companies to assist you with the process.

#1 Texas

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Austin, Houston
San Antonio bridge
San Antonio bridge

Texas easily takes the top spot for many millennials. Nobody’s joking when they say “everything is bigger in Texas”, as the state has the second-largest economy in the country. It gets even better, as the Lone Star State doesn’t have an income tax, a trait which it shares with a few other places on this list. There are over fifty Fortune 500 companies offering numerous job opportunities in several industries, including tourism, energy, IT, biomedical sciences, and even aerospace.

Unlike most other states on this list, Texas has several cities that attract more and more millennials each year, especially those that are moving from New York and California. The main reason behind this influx of new residents is the significantly lower cost of living. Whether you choose to move to Austin, Houston, or anywhere in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area, you’ll find that the median home value and rent costs are up to several times lower than their east and west coast counterparts.

That’s all we have on the most popular states for millennials. Are you surprised with some of the entries on the list? Which places did you expect to see? Let us know in the comments.

This article originally published on GREY Journal.