Originally published Friday, May 6, 2016 at 06:02a.m.

The secret is out.

Prescott is a great place to live.

Looking at more than 40,000 requests for long-distance moving services (50 miles or more), Thumbtack, a consumer service website, determined what areas, cities and towns Americans said they are most commonly moving to and from.

Just behind Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and Wilmington, North Carolina, Prescott ranks as No. 3 on the list for places Americans said they are moving to.


The top 5 places people are moving to and the cost of the average move:

  1. Hilton Head Island,

South Carolina - $2,340

  1. Wilmington, North Carolina
  2. $1,995
  3. Prescott, Arizona - $2,520
  4. Savannah, Georgia - $2,030
  5. Tallahassee, Florida - $2,020

The top 5 places people are moving from and the cost of the average move:

  1. Bowling Green, Kentucky
  2. $2,520
  3. Rochester, Minnesota - $2,985
  4. Ithaca, New York - $2,140
  5. Columbia, Missouri - $2,940
  6. Lafayette, Louisiana - $1,015

This doesn’t surprise Robert Coombs, visitor center manager for the Prescott Chamber of Commerce, even in the slightest.

“It’s a nice little area,” Coombs said. “It’s very much a community compared to places like Sedona. Sedona doesn’t have the downtown square and all of the events that we do here, with the craft shows, the music, theater; everything’s here.”

Operating as a state-designated visitor center and a chamber of commerce, Coombs and his posse of 35 volunteers handle about 100 visitors a day and are constantly sending out general information, relocation and tourist packets to those inquiring about the city.

When Coombs is approached by visitors or those looking to move to the area, he said they often express particular interest in the natural beauty and lifestyle pace Prescott has to offer.

“Recreation, the hiking, the mountain biking… it’s a different way of living,” Coombs said.

Don Bonnell, broker and owner of Realty Executives Northern Arizona, said Prescott has always been a magnet for retirees, but the general area has proven a major draw for really anyone looking for an affordable lifestyle with a temperate climate.

“Prescott itself is higher, but the immediate area surrounding it has some great pricing for homes,” Bonnell said. “And if you’re coming from California, you would think that you’re landing in the best place in the world relating to their pricing. We get a lot of California buyers coming our way.”

Overall, he said the housing market has been on a steady upward trend the last few years and doesn’t appear to be slowing down.

“The marketplace is significantly up,” Bonnell said. “It started out a little slow this year, but it has definitely picked up.”

The study also estimated the amount it costs to move long distance to each place listed.

For Prescott, that cost was $2,520 on average, about 10 percent more than the national average of $2,286.

To calculate how much it might cost you to move to or from Prescott or any other location, Thumbtack’s moving cost calculator is at Thumbtack.com/k/moving-tips/#pricing.