It looks like more DIY movers are heading west, parking and unpacking in Colorado Springs.

LawnStarter, a Texas-based startup that helps people book affordable lawn care, published a report on its blog July 27 listing Colorado Springs No. 3 for “America’s 12 Most On-the-Move Metros.”

Data released July 21 from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2014 American Community Survey showed that among the 100 biggest metro areas in the U.S.­–Colorado Springs has had a surge in moving activity and residents.

The Springs fell behind Las Vegas, Nev., ranking No.1 and Austin, Texas No. 2, based on weighted percentages of owners or renters who had moved into their homes since 2010 and residents who had moved within the past year.

“It is not really surprising that Colorado Springs appears in third place on the LawnStarter list, particularly in light of the region’s heavy military presence,” said John Egan, editor in chief at LawnStarter. “Every year, military families make up a significant percentage of Americans who move.”

More than 5.4 million Americans participated in the survey that included statistics and residential moves.

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“For Realtors, home builders, apartment managers, moving laborers and many other professionals, it is important to have a grasp of how geographically mobile their local populations are,” Egan said. “Without such data, it is a little harder to map out business strategies.”

Egan noted that nine out of the 12 cities on the list are in the West or southwest parts of the U.S.

“This is further evidence that places like Colorado, Texas and Utah continue to be magnets for new residents,” Egan said.

To view the full report and an interactive chart on the rankings visit