Analysis: Miami second only to Dubai for global relocation

by John Yellig

Miami continues to gain prominence on the world stage as a major destination for international investment, but a new survey by Remitly shows the city is also of keen interest as a place to live. It ranks second only to Dubai as the most desirable place for those outside the United States to move, according to the report. 

Remitly, a cross-border money-transfer firm, ranked location desirability based on the global use of the Google search term, “move to [city],” between October 2022 to September 2023. Using all languages, the most searched-for location was considered the top destination for each country.  

Dubai was the most-searched-for city in 60 countries, with Miami coming in second as the No. 1 searched-for destination in these 12 countries: 

  1. Kazakhstan
  2. Azerbaijan
  3. Kyrgyzstan
  4. Afghanistan
  5. Tajikistan
  6. Greece
  7. Belize
  8. Chile
  9. Argentina
  10. Puerto Rico
  11. Virgin Islands
  12. Haiti 

This is the full ranking of the top 10 most desirable locations overall, along with the number of countries where they ranked No. 1: 

  1. Dubai (60)
  2. Miami (12)
  3. Paris (10)
  4. New York City, Madrid, Singapore (8)
  5. London, Brussels (6)
  6. Toronto (3)
  7. Washington, D.C.; Buenos Aires; Christchurch, New Zealand; Quebec City; Bogota; Portland, Oregon; Vienna; Phoenix; Chicago (2)


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