Texas ranked second in US for relocation activity and out-of-state migration in 2014


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Oct 01 2015 — Austin

Texas ranked second in the nation for relocation activity in 2014, according to the 2015 Texas Relocation Report released today by the Texas Association of REALTORS®. Based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the report shows that Texas continues to be a high-demand destination for residents moving from out of state. 

Scott Kesner, chairman of the Texas Association of REALTORS®, commented: “2015 has been a great year for Texas, with healthy economic diversity driving much of our state’s population and job growth. Texas is not only a global leader in oil and gas production, but a national hub for technology, manufacturing, and several other industries. The Lone Star State continues to be a great place to live as well as start a business, and the more than half a million people who move here every year are proof of that.”

According to the report, Texas followed Florida as No. 2 in the U.S. for population gains from out-of-state residents in 2014, with 538,572 people moving to Texas from out of state. The state the most new Texans came from was California (63,591), followed by Florida (40,930), Oklahoma (25,096), Louisiana (23,805) and Illinois (23,258).

Texas once again ranked third in the nation for number of residents moving out of state (435,107), coming in behind California (593,308) and Florida (437,516) and topping New York (424,074) and Illinois (323,468). As with inbound residents, the most popular state for Texans to move to was California (38,990), followed by Florida (29,191), Oklahoma (25,175), Colorado (24,431), and Louisiana (21,516).

Overall, Texas had a net gain of out-of-state residents in 2014, with 103,465 more people moving to Texas than Texas residents moving out of state.

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