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Data: Zillow; Map: Sarah Grillo/Axios

More people moved to Sarasota in 2020 than almost any other U.S. metro, according to Zillow’s latest study.

Big picture: The study looked at inbound and outbound moves, and Sarasota had the fifth-highest number of net inbound moves.

  • Other top destinations (in order) included Phoenix, Charlotte, Austin and Dallas-Fort Worth.

Most new Sarasota residents relocated from Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C.

  • Chicago, New York and Los Angeles has the most outbound moves overall.

It's not just Sarasota. Tampa Bay real estate agent James Adair — who handles most out-of-state moves for his team of 30 agents — says 80% of his clients are relocating from out-of-state.

  • They're looking at at the Tampa Bay area broadly because they're attracted to the Florida lifestyle. That's typical of retirees, but young people still in the workforce are making the move now, too.
  • Zillow's study also showed 31% of movers had been considering relocating for a a year or more. The ability to work remotely gave them the push to make the move.

Driving the Florida moves, according to Adair:

  • Relative lower cost of living
  • Warmer weather
  • Lower income taxes
  • Fewer COVID-19 restrictions

This story first appeared in the Axios Tampa Bay newsletter, designed to help readers get smarter, faster on the most consequential news unfolding in their own backyard.

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Downtown Tampa really wants a Target

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Data: Tampa Downtown Partnership; Chart: Michelle McGhee/Axios

Downtown Tampa residents and workers want a Target, according to a recent survey by the Tampa Downtown Partnership.

  • Asked what big-box retailer they craved, 40% said Target. It was trailed by Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Publix, Costco, Walmart and Aldi — none of which cracked 5%.
  • Of note: 33% said they didn't want any big-box store at all.

This story first appeared in the Axios Tampa Bay newsletter, designed to help readers get smarter, faster on the most consequential news unfolding in their own backyard.

Tampa Bay leads the way on blockchain

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Whether you understand the world of cryptocurrency and are already using it — or you’ve been living under a rock and trying to avoid it (like us) — there’s one thing you need to know: Tampa Bay is where its future is being built.

What's happening: Like the garage Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak built the first Apple computers in, Tampa has become the hub for startups centered around blockchain.

Manatee County lifts evacuation order near Piney Point leak

Port Manatee, where water from the containment pond at the old Piney Point phosophate plant is being released into Tampa Bay. Photo: Ben Montgomery/Axios

Officials on Tuesday reopened roads and lifted the evacuation order for residents and businesses near the old Piney Point phosphate plant as they continued to pump nutrient-rich water into Tampa Bay at Port Manatee to relieve pressure on the leak and look for ways to seal it.

What's new: Manatee County commission chairwoman Vanessa Baugh said that the commission approved a nearby injection well to funnel treated water from the leak into the deep earth instead of Tampa Bay, and assured local residents that their drinking water is safe.