The Number of Moves From California to Texas Is Up 36% in Latest Count

The number of California residents headed to Texas grew by more than a third in the latest U.S. migration count.

More than 86,000 Californians picked up and moved to Texas in 2018, according to a report by the Texas Realtors’ association.

Texas had the most total inbound moves of any U.S. state but Florida, with 563,945 new residents in the year.

Florida had slightly more moves, fueled by relocating retiree baby boomers.

"For the sixth year in a row, more than half a million people chose Texas as their new home," Cindi Bulla, 2020 chairman of Texas Realtors, said in the report. “And why not? In addition to its business-friendly environment with no state income tax and abundance of jobs, land and opportunity, Texas is known for its diverse, friendly spirit and culture.”
California has long been the top spot for moves to Texas.(Texas Realtors)
The Realtors’ study found that the net gain of out-of-state residents in Texas rose by about 78% in 2018.

Along with California, most of the newcomers hailed from Florida (37,262), Louisiana (29,108) , Oklahoma (24,590) and New York (21,509).

The top cities where most of the new Texans relocated from included Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, New York-Newark-Jersey City and Chicago-Naperville-Elgin.

The Dallas-Fort Worth attracted the highest number of out-of-state movers — 200,966 new residents — followed by the Houston area with 176,110, the Realtors report found.

Harris County led the state with a net 80,572 out-of-state moves.

Dallas-Fort Worth was the country’s top employment growth center in 2019, with more than 120,000 new jobs created for the year ended November.

Thousands of new residents are flocking to North Texas for the jobs and lower costs of living.
Most of the new Texans were from LA, New York and Chicago.(Texas Realtors)
Source: The Dallas Morning News

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