AUSTIN – Texas ranked second in the nation for relocation activity in 2018, according to Texas Realtor's 2020 Texas Relocation Report.
"For the sixth year in a row, more than half a million people chose Texas as their new home," said 2020 Texas Realtors Chairman Cindi Bulla. She cited the state's business-friendly environment and diverse culture as primary drivers.
According to the report, which analyzes the latest migration data from the U.S. Census Bureau and U-Haul, Texas welcomed 563,945 new residents in 2018.
The net gain of out-of-state residents increased 78.1 percent from 57,173 in 2017 to 101,805 residents in 2018.
Among U.S. states, the highest number of new Texans came from California (86,164), Florida (37,262), and Louisiana (29,108). The number of people who relocated from California to Texas increased by 36.4 percent compared with 2017.
At the metro level, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, New York-Newark-Jersey City, and Chicago-Naperville-Elgin produced the highest volume of residents relocating to Texas.
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington had the highest number of incoming residents from out of state (200,966). At the county level, Harris County led the state with a net gain of 80,572 out-of-state residents.
The Lone Star State also welcomed 201,559 new residents from outside the United States in 2018.
Texas ranked third nationally for the number of residents moving out of state (462,140) in 2018. The most popular out-of-state relocation destination for Texans was California (37,810), followed by Oklahoma (31,551) and Colorado (26,930).
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