More space, enormous yards, cheaper housing costs, lower taxes, and fewer crowds. These are just some reasons behind millions of Americans deciding to pack up and move each year over the last decade. 

Last year Americans fled big cities in droves. Most of these people are not looking back either. Over 15.9 million people had moved during the coronavirus, according to USPS data.

The pandemic has contributed in different ways to prompting millions of people to move, including the ability to now work remotely. With many companies offering remote work, it gave people opportunities to try new areas without the risk of losing their jobs. 

Speaking to NBC News, Abigail Jaffe, 28, who works in public relations for tech companies, moved from New York City to Austin in August 2020. “I had wanted to move to Austin for a while but always thought that I’d have to quit my job first.”

According to posts on the FlexJobs database, 30 companies have switched to long-term remote work since the pandemic started. This includes major tech companies like Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, and Salesforce.

Cities experiencing an influx of new residents over the last year have been Sacramento, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Phoenix, Arizona; Austin, Texas; and Atlanta, Georgia. At least according to one of the top real estate sites, Redfin.

Redfin has found that interest was especially high for Austin as the number of people who moved there in 2020 was double compared to 2019.

It goes without surprise that as these cities grow; they are being looked at as tremendous upcoming radio markets. These hot new destinations may see their radio stations quickly blow up.

Here are some stations to keep your eyes on:

96.7 KISS FM – Austin’s Hit Music Station

The station is a Top 40 radio station serving Austin that is owned and operated by iHeartMedia. The station plays hit songs by artists such as The Weeknd, Ariana Grande, and Bruno Mars. (https://967kissfm.iheart.com/)

KUT (90.5 FM) – Austin’s NPR Station

KUT is a listener-supported and corporate-sponsored public radio station based in Austin that is owned and operated by faculty and staff of the University of Texas at Austin. Each day, KUT 90.5, Austin’s NPR station, and its sister station KUTX 98.9, the Austin Music Experience, strive to provide content that reflects the broad interests and tastes of our Austin audience. (https://www.kut.org/)

KRXQ-FM | 98 Rock FM – Sacramento Rock Music 

KRXQ is a commercial [[radio station] in Sacramento, California. The station is owned by Audacy, Inc. and broadcasts a mainstream rock format. KRXQ’s studios are located in North Highlands and its transmitter is in Folsom. (https://www.audacy.com/krxq)

93.1 KFBK – Sacramento News, Weather and Traffic Station

KFBK is a commercial radio station in Sacramento, California. It is simulcast on KFBK-FM 93.1 MHz. KFBK-AM-FM air a news-talk radio format and are owned by iHeartMedia, Inc. The studios and offices are on River Park Drive in North Sacramento, near the Arden Fair Mall. KFBK 1530 is a Class A radio station. (https://kfbk.iheart.com/)

96.3 KKLZ – Hits of the 80’s and More for Las Vegas

KKLZ is a commercial radio station located in Las Vegas, Nevada. The station is owned by Beasley Broadcast Group and airs a classic hits music format branded as “96-3 KKLZ”. The KKLZ studios are located in Spring Valley, an unincorporated area of Clark County, while its transmitter is on Black Mountain in Henderson. The station is home to the Mike & Carla Morning Show. (https://963kklz.com/)

102.7 Coyote Country – #1 for New Hit Country in Las Vegas

KCYE – branded as 102.7 Coyote Country – is a commercial radio station licensed to Boulder City, Nevada, serving the Las Vegas Valley region. KCYE broadcasts a country music format branded as “The Coyote” (https://1027coyotecountry.com/)

91.5 FM KJZZ – National Public Radio member station in Phoenix

KJZZ is an award-winning, listener-supported public radio station broadcasting to the Phoenix, Arizona, metropolitan area. As the NPR member station for the region, KJZZ features a mix of local, national, and world news, including BBC, American Public Media and Public Radio International. The station airs classic jazz and blues nightly and entertaining weekend programs. (https://kjzz.org/)

KISS 104.1 FM: KISS 104.1 – Atlanta’s R&B

WALR-FM is a commercial FM radio station licensed to Palmetto, Georgia and serving Metro Atlanta. It is owned by the Cox Media Group and airs an urban adult contemporary radio format. The studios are co-located with other Cox-owned radio stations and WSB-TV in Midtown Atlanta on West Peachtree Street. Songs played range from artists like H.E.R. to Michael Jackson oldies. (https://www.kiss104fm.com/)

V-103 FM – The People’s Station in Atlanta 

WVEE is a commercial FM radio station in Atlanta, Georgia. It is owned by Audacy, Inc. and airs an urban contemporary radio format. WVEE is one of the highest-rated stations of the Atlanta radio market according to Nielsen Audio, reaching number one on many reports. (https://www.audacy.com/v103)

Sources:

https://www.nbcnews.com/business/business-news/millions-americans-moved-during-pandemic-most-aren-t-looking-back-n1252633

https://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/companies-switching-remote-work-long-term/