Houston tops Dallas for net gains of out-of-state residents
Updated 2:50 pm, Friday, February 9, 2018
The Houston area registered the biggest net gain of out-of-state residents among Texas cities in 2016, with 33,918 more people moving in than moving out, a new report showed.
The Bayou City attracted 104,811 residents from other states or countries, behind top-ranked Dallas, which saw 123,661 new residents, the Texas Association of Realtors said in its annual Texas Relocation Report.
Greater Dallas had a net gain of 30,541 out of state residents, after 93,120 left Texas. The Austin region realized a net gain of 17,280 out-of-state residents, while San Antonio added 7,881.
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The Texas Association of Realtors used U.S. Census Bureau data tracking migration patterns to compile the report.
Texas was again the second most popular state behind Florida for people relocating from out of state, registering a gain of 553,032 residents in 2016. Many of the new Texans came here from Los Angeles, New York and Chicago.
"Despite slowing job and economic growth over the last two years, housing-market and population growth have remained strong and steady throughout the state," TAR chair Kaki Lybbert said in announcement.
"With more than half a million people moving here each year, it's evident that the Lone Star State fosters a positive environment for business development and raising a family."
Factoring in people who moved out of Texas, the state had a net gain of 87,656 relocations in 2016.
On the inbound side, the most popular states for those relocating to Texas were California (69,945), Florida (31,145), Oklahoma (30,532), Louisiana (27,998) and Illinois (21,848).
The most popular destination for departing Texans? California (39,109), Florida (31,153), Oklahoma (28,060), Louisiana (21,925) and Colorado (20,725).