Texas was the second top state in the United States for relocation, with a net gain of 107,689 people moving to Texas from within the country, according to the 2017 Texas Relocation Report by the Texas Association of REALTORS®. This is a four percent increase in net gain compared to 2014.
Total newcomers to Texas from within the U.S. increased 2.8 percent from 2014, to 553,032 incoming residents. Texas’ largest population gains were from California with 65,546 incoming residents, Florida with 33,670 incoming residents, New York with 26,287 incoming residents, and Oklahoma with 25,555 incoming residents.
Texas was third in the country for those moving out of state, with the top relocation spots for former Texans named as California, Florida, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Louisiana.
Looking at Metropolitan Statistical Areas, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim and New York-Newark-Jersey City led the way with resident migrations to Texas in 2015. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington was the recipient of the highest number of incoming, out-of-state residents (117,982), with Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land coming in second (101,604), and Austin-Round Rock coming in third (46,598).
Most out-of-state residents who moved to Austin were from Los Angeles or New York, and most Texas residents who moved to Austin were from Houston or Dallas.
“The diverse job opportunities and high quality of life in Texas continue to drive in-state and out-of-state migration to Texas cities and counties, both big and small,” said TAR Chairman Vicki Fullerton. “This is the third consecutive year that Texas has gained more than 500,000 new residents from out of state.”
Data from the 2015 American Community Survey, 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau, and the U-Haul 2015 National Migration Trend Reports were used in the creation of the Texas Relocation Report.