Texas near top of state-to-state migration list

by Meg White

The percentage of Americans moving from state-to-state is at a historical low, but Texas is still coming out pretty close to the top, according to findings compiled from Census data and moving information from United Van Lines by STORAGECafé, a blog run by real estate software company Yardi.

In 2018, the state scored the No. 2 spot in terms of the number of new residents who moved in, just behind Florida. Almost 564,000 people relocated here over the last year, many of which came from high-tax states such as California and New York. In fact, 15 percent of those moving to Texas came from California, which was one of the most expensive routes discovered in the study, ranging from $3,700 to $4,100, while the average cost of interstate moves varies between $2,400 and $4,500, depending on distance.


Of course, the actual percentage of people who move state-to-state is pretty small — just 9.8 of Americans. And the number has been shrinking; it is now down to the lowest share in recorded history. It’s the first time this figure has dropped below 10 percent since the Census Bureau started gathering this data back in 1947.


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