In 2018, the amount of Californians coming to Texas increased by over 35 percent

Posted at 12:29 PM, Jan 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-23 13:30:37-05

Texas is the second most popular state in the U.S. for relocation activity in 2018., according to a report released by Texas REALTORS.

"For the sixth year in a row, more than half a million people chose Texas as their new home," said Cindi Bulla, 2020 chairman of Texas Realtors. “And why not? In addition to its business-friendly environment with no state income tax and abundance of jobs, land and opportunity, Texas is known for its diverse, friendly spirit and culture.”

For the sixth year in a row, Texas experienced a gross inflow of more than 500,000 residents from out of state and a net increase of 101,805 residents. The number of Californians moving to Texas increased significantly at 36.4 percent.

Among U.S. states, the highest number of new Texans relocated from California (86,164), Florida (37,262), Louisiana (29,108), Oklahoma (24,590) and New York (21,509). The number of people who relocated from California to Texas increased by 36.4% compared to 2017. The Lone Star State also welcomed 201,559 new residents from outside the United States in 2018.

Texas ranked third in the United States for the number of residents moving out of state (462,140) in 2018. The most popular out-of-state relocation destinations for Texans were California (37,810), Oklahoma (31,551), Colorado (26,930), Florida (24,197) and Louisiana (23,588).

Bell County was listed as one of the top 10 counties with new residents from out of state. Brazos County is ranked 2nd in inflow of Texans from other counties.