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Moving to Texas — What’s behind the growing number of Texas relocations.

By May 29, 2020February 22nd, 2021Judi's Blog
Texas Relocations | The Judi Wright Team | Best Frisco Realtor

It’s no secret. Texas is a great place to live.  But, does it seem like more and more people are moving in than ever before?


Texas is #2 in the nation for relocation

According to the 2020 Texas Relocation Report from Texas REALTORS®, Texas welcomed 563,945 new residents in 2018, up from 524,511 in 2017, and a net gain (those moving in minus those moving out) of 78.1% year over year. The report analyzes the latest migration data from the U.S. Census Bureau and U-Haul.


2020 Relocation Report – By the Numbers

  • Texas ranked second in the United States for relocation activity in 2018
  • 563,945 new Texas residents with a net gain of 101,805 residents
  • Texas gained more than half a million new residents for the sixth year in a row
  • Texas ranked third in the nation for residents moving out of the state
  • Texas was ranked as U-Haul’s No. 2 ‘Growth State’ during the reporting period


The U.S. Census Bureau’s latest population report shows that Texas took four out of the top 10 spots for the largest numeric population growth, and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area sits at the top spot with a 131,767 net gain of new residents in 2018. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Arizona, claimed the second spot with 96,268 new residents.


Who is moving to Texas?

According to the Census Bureau, about 35.74% of new residents in Texas are relocating from other countries, with China and India procuring a big chunk of the out-of-country relocations.


For the 64.25% moving from other states, California and Florida continue the tradition as the leaders. Here are the top states sending new residents to Texas:

  • California- 86,164
  • Florida- 37,262
  • Louisiana- 29,108
  • Oklahoma- 24,590
  • New York- 21,509

Who do so many people move to Texas?

Individuals and families

Ask any Texas ‘transplant’ why they decided to move to Texas, and you’ll hear a myriad of responses. Many people cite these as top reasons why they decided to move to Texas:

  • No state income tax
  • Good cost of living
  • Housing that is reasonably priced – with many different price levels
  • Robust job market
  • Excellent school systems and educational opportunities
  • Many areas to choose from with low neighborhood crime rate
  • Diverse culture and lifestyles
  • Extensive sports, entertainment, shopping, and dining experiences
  • Lots of land and space

Another top reason for moving to Texas? Corporate relocations.

The DFW area has become a top destination for companies choosing to move their corporate or regional headquarters, with Plano and Frisco winning a high percentage of the corporate relocation bids, according to an article in U.S. News. And many of these companies bring in new residents, as well as dramatic growth in the local economy.


For corporations, Texas is a desirable headquarter location, and many company executives cite the following reasons:

  • A pro-business environment with no state income tax for individuals or corporations
  • Aggressive tax abatements and economic development policies
  • The large available talent pool of skilled workers- diverse and highly educated
  • Diverse culture – WalletHub says Texas is the second most diverse state in the U.S., fourth for most racial and ethnic diversity, first for most industry diversity
  • Lifestyle and excellent cost of living for employees
  • An abundance of land – especially popular for companies in expansion
  • Location – central time zone offers higher productivity, and proximity to DFW International Airport reduces travel time to both coasts and abroad

Corporate California dissent

And, remember earlier when we mentioned Californians were the largest source of new Texans? That may have something to do with many California companies getting fed up with local politics and unfavorable business climate. Changes in the 2018 federal tax law limiting the deduction for state and local taxes paid may also be motivating companies and individuals to move to states with low or no state income tax.


Here are a few California companies replanting roots in Texas soil:

  • McKesson Corp – Fortune 500 No.7
  • Core-Mark Holding Co – Fortune 500
  • Uber- won $36 Million in government incentives to build a ‘new U.S. general and administrative hub’ in downtown Dallas
  • – moved from San Francisco to Austin in 2018
  • Dasan Zhone Solutions – a publicly-traded technology provider, is moving from Oakland to Plano


In addition to corporate relocation, the DFW area is seeing an influx of individuals moving on their own (not as a part of a company move) from California, Washington, and Oregon.  Most are citing the current political climate, high taxation rates, and non-business friendly regulations.


Top destinations for departing Texans

As far as Texans moving out, 462,140 people moved away from Texas in 2018, according to the Census Bureau, ranking Texas as third in the nation for the number of residents moving away. While this number seems high, remember that Texas is the second most populous state (behind California) in the country. When you look at the percentage, Texas has one of the lowest departure percentages in the United States.


Of those Texans moving across state lines, California tops the list of destination states. Here’s a breakdown of the top destination states for Texans relocating to other states:

  • California – 37,810
  • Oklahoma -31,551
  • Colorado- 26,930
  • Florida – 24,197
  • Louisiana-23,588


So, to all our new Texas neighbors – howdy! Welcome to our great state — we’re sure you’ll love it as much as we do. And, if you want some help checking out the area, give us a call anytime at 214-597-2985. We’re experts in the area and glad to show you our Texas hospitality.

About the Judi Wright Team

Judi Wright/The Judi Wright Team is a real estate group specializing in the suburbs of Frisco, Plano, and surrounding areas. Named the “Best Realtor in Dallas,” by D Magazine thirteen times and a Five Star Realtor with Texas Monthly eight timesJudi is also a Company-Wide Top Performer with Ebby Halliday, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate.

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