Most Popular Cities to Move to in 2012

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The U.S. Census Bureau said that 36.5 million people 1 year old and older relocated in 2012, but where? Penske Truck Rental, a global transportation services company, gives us a hint with its list of the most popular cities to move to in 2012. Penske says that its list is based on truck-rental reservations for one-way moves.

As Yahoo! Finance pointed out, the trend among those relocating was toward warmer climates. Click through the gallery below to see the most popular moving destinations of 2012.

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Most Popular Cities to Move to in 2012

Sarasota's Siesta Key Beach was ranked the No. 1 beach in the U.S. in 2011, making it a major attraction to the area. The city also boasts world-class restaurants and enviable seaside communities. It's also affordable: The media home sale price there is $164,750, according to Trulia.

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With Bank of America and Wells Fargo headquarters there, Charlotte has become the second-largest financial center in the U.S., behind only New York. Banking professionals are flocking to the city, where the median home sale price is $170,000, according to Trulia.

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Amazon recently bought its Seattle headquarters and plans an expansion, lending the city prestige as a tech hub and bringing many young people to the area looking for tech jobs. Public plazas have been opening up around the area, with more planned for the future, breathing new life into Seattle's downtown area. The median home sale price in Seattle is $362,500, according to Trulia.

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Adventure seekers have more than enough at their fingertips in Denver. In this big-city mountain town, there's ample opportunity for skiing in the winter and mountain biking in the summer. The median home sale price in Denver is  $232,000, according to Trulia.

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The obvious draw to Houston is the weather: Mild winters and hot summers make this city one of the most attractive in the country. But there's another thing Houston has going for it: jobs. The city was recently named one of America's strongest job markets, with transportation and financial services sectors leading the way there. The media home sale price in Houston is $120,000, according to Trulia.

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Perhaps considered the second-best city in the U.S. behind New York, Chicago's diversity shows in the wide variety of restaurants, entertainment and neighborhoods. Here's the best part: The median home sale price there is $190,000, according to Trulia -- almost unheard of for a city its size.

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Orlando is a prime destination for retirees looking to settle down for the rest of their lives. There's also a large golfing community here, with the most pro golfers calling the city home than any other other in the country, according to Yahoo! Finance. The median home sale price in Orlando is $117,500, according to Trulia.

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If the Southwest is more your style, there's no better town than Phoenix. The housing market has been slowly crawling back from the depths of the bust, and the median home sale price is a vey reasonable $132,000, according to Trulia.

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The Dallas-Fort Worth area has been one of the best job markets in the country for a while. Besides that, though, Dallas is a world-class city with top-notch entertainment venues, such as the Texas Motor Speedway. The median home sale price there is $62,536, according to Trulia.

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This is the third year that Atlanta has topped the list of the most popular cities to move to. It's a city that has much of what New York house -- minus the freezing winter temperatures. Atlanta is also home to the largest aquarium in the world. The median home sale price in Atlanta is $199,950, according to Trulia.

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