Companies aren’t the only ones packing up shop and moving to Texas. In recent years, people from all over the globe are moving to Texas.
In 2019, Texas ranked No. 2 in the nation for relocation activity, according to the 2021 edition of the Texas Relocation Report released by Texas Realtors. The report analyzes the latest migration data from the U.S. Census Bureau and U-Haul. According to the census estimates, Texas welcomed 537,000 — 582,000 new residents in 2019. This is the seventh year in a row that Texas attracted more than 500,000 new residents from out of state. The census also estimated 435,000 — 471,000 Texans moved to other states, yielding a net gain of approximately 100,000 people. Most of those new Texans relocated from California and Florida, respectively. Other top states for people moving to Texas included Louisiana, Illinois, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Georgia and Arizona. Additionally, Texas welcomed approximately 192,000 — 222,000 new residents from outside the country in 2019.
Interestingly, California ranked first in the United States for the number of residents moving out of state in 2019, with Texas coming in second. The most popular out-of-state relocation destinations for people moving out of Texas included California, Colorado, Oklahoma, Florida and Georgia. While California was the top state new Texans moved from, and existing Texans moved to, about double the number of Californians moved to Texas compared to Texans’ migration to California.
Here are seven reasons to make the move to Texas this year:
Texas rang in the 2021 New Year by becoming the world’s ninth-largest economy. It also recently celebrated its ninth consecutive year winning Site Selection’s Governor’s Cup award — a clear indication of the state’s ability to attract businesses and opportunity for its residents.
Texas offers an affordable cost of living. According to Best Places, Texas boasts a cost of living index of 93.9, compared to the U.S. average of 100. According to Zillow, homes are more affordable in Texas than states along the east and west coasts, with an average home value of $228,255.
No income tax:
Businesses aren’t the only ones benefiting from the Lone Star State’s low taxes and affordability. Not only are there no corporate income taxes, but Texans also enjoy having no personal income tax and keeping more money in their wallets.
From top-ranked universities, innovative community and technical colleges and Blue-Ribbon K-12 systems, Texas offers a robust range of educational resources.
Culture and community:
From vibrant arts and tantalizing Tex-Mex, the Lone Star State offers a unique way of life. According to Wallethub, Texas is the No. 2 most diverse state in the nation. Across the state, various unique community events and festivals celebrate everything from music and culture to business and innovation.
Texans take their sports seriously and are proud to support their favorite high school, college or professional sports teams. Texas is home to several professional sports teams, including the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans (NFL), Texas Rangers, Houston Astros (MLB), Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets (NBA), Dallas Stars (NHL), FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamos (MLS).
Home to two national parks: Guadalupe Mountains — the world’s most extensive Permian fossil reef — and Big Bend in West Texas, the state boasts stunning scenery and unique natural amenities. Texas also boasts 90 state parks, 191,000 miles of rivers and streams, 624 miles of coastline and more than 70 working ranches.
Savannah King is managing editor of custom content for Conway Inc. She is an award-winning journalist and previously wrote for The Times in Gainesville, Ga. She graduated from the University of West Florida with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and lives near Atlanta.