Two Valley Cities Among Top Destinations for New Gen X Residents, Report Says

One Valley city is the nation’s top destination for Generation X movers, and another Arizona municipality is among the top five, according to a new analysis of U.S. Census numbers from SmartAsset.

The Gen X report found Surprise had the highest percentage of Gen Xers among new residents who relocated in 2022. The city gained 4,414 new residents from that group, and Gen X now makes up nearly 12% of the city’s 152,910 residents.

Surprise and a few of its West Valley neighbors are among the nation’s fastest-growing cities over the past five years.

Just a couple spots down was No. 3 Scottsdale, where 6,215 Gen Xers took up residence in 2022. Gen X now makes up roughly 13.7% of Scottsdale’s 240,432 residents. Bend, Oregon at No. 2; Orlando at No. 4 and Fort Lauderdale at No. 5 rounded out the top destinations.

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