A New Study Found That a Whopping 36% More Californians Are Moving to Texas, But Guess What? It's Not Austin!

David E.

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Texans, particularly Austinites, have a reputation for voicing their grievances about the influx of newcomers. It's not that Austinites don't appreciate their fellow locals; it's just that the rapid growth of their city, along with other cities in Texas, has become a topic of concern. Interestingly, it turns out that Californians may be contributing to the population boom, but not in Austin.

According to Texas REALTORS, there has been a significant increase in the number of Californians migrating to Texas, with the trend becoming apparent as early as 2018. In that year alone, the number of Californians moving to the Lone Star State soared by a staggering 36.4%. While this data is the most recent available, we can anticipate more recent updates in the near future.

Now, the question arises: where in Texas are these Californians choosing to settle? Surprisingly, it's not Austin! The sentiment expressed by Twitter user jlolea, pleading "Please don't move to Austin," resonates with many locals who are relieved to learn that Californians are opting for other cities.

Perhaps it's the desire to escape from the hustle and bustle of places like Los Angeles or Santa Monica, or maybe it's simply a clash of personalities. Whatever the reason, Austinites are grateful for the respite.

A tweet from momogroypstan fervently expresses the sentiment of "Keeping Texas Texan," countering dayblindstar's welcoming stance towards Californians. In the same tweet, momogroypstan suggests Austin, El Paso, or Houston as suitable destinations for Californians, indicating their preference for cities other than Austin.

It appears that the Lone Star State is more divided than anticipated when it comes to the arrival of Californians. Yuhimeeee's tweet illustrating the transformation from a non-Texan to a Texan perfectly captures the sentiments of many. According to the Texas REALTORS study, the areas most popular with Californian transplants are Harris County, Dallas, Tarrant County, and Bexar County.

Overall, Texas ranked second, following Florida, in terms of relocation activity in 2018. But let's be honest, should we really be surprised? After all, everything is bigger in Texas. Yeehaw!

While Austinites breathe a sigh of relief, other Texas cities are experiencing an influx of Californians, bringing with them their unique perspectives and contributing to the diverse tapestry of the Lone Star State. As Texas continues to evolve and grow, it remains a destination that captures the imagination of people from all walks of life.

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