So Hot Right Now: Half a Million People Moved to Texas in 2012

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Do you ever get that feeling that traffic seems to be getting worse and worse? That's probably because half a million people moved to Texas last year.

Over 7 million Americans moved in 2012 – that's more than two percent of the population – and 508,000 of them came to Texas. Put another way, 7 percent of all Americans who moved to a new state last year made Texas their new home. The only state that got more newcomers was Florida, with 537,000 new residents. California trails close behind Texas with 494,000, but most other states don't even come close.

Vizynary has a great interactive graphic showing who moved where in 2012 based on American Community Survey data. For each state, you can see the number of newcomers and the number of new Texas ex-pats.

See which states Texas did the most inter-state trading with after the jump.So who came to Texas? Presumably sick of their states' more temperate climates, close to 100,000 Californians and Floridians combined moved to Texas in 2012, taking the #1 and 2 spots in the top ten list:

1. California: 63,000

2. Florida: 31,000

3. Louisiana: 29,000

4. Oklahoma: 26,000

5. North Carolina: 22,000

6. New York: 20,000

7. Georgia: 20,000

8. Illinois: 20,000

9. Arizona: 19,000

10. Virginia: 18,000

And where are Texans going? More or less the same places the new Texas residents are coming from. Though the draw of Texas' breakfast tacos clearly trumps these other states' charms – for each state there are more people moving to Texas than there are leaving, with only four exceptions: Ohio, Washington, Colorado and Maryland.

1. California: 43,000

2. Florida: 29,000

3. Oklahoma: 26,000

4. Louisiana: 24,000

5. Colorado: 17,000

6. Illinois: 17,000

7. Georgia: 16,000

8. Arizona: 15,000

9. Washington: 14,000

10. Virginia: 13,000

There are as many reasons as to why people are flocking to Texas as there are people who are actually flocking to Texas . Primary among them are jobs, low income taxes and a relatively low cost of living. But many are also coming for the warm weather, to see what all the buzz is about in Austin, or maybe because they hate Medicaid.

But the more, the merrier. Regardless of where they're coming from or why they're here, Texas is $17.6 billion richer for it.


About Author

Emily Cadik

Emily is a Texas ex-pat and proud Longhorn living in Washington, DC, where she remains connected to the Lone Star State through her work on BOR and her enthusiasm for breakfast tacos. She works on affordable housing policy, and writes about health care, poverty and other social justice issues.

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