Houston top destination for Californians

by Lindsey Wells

Houston is the leading destination for people moving from California to Texas, according to a recent report.

Harris County is the most popular site in Texas for relocating Californians. Nearly 8,500 people moved to the county from California in 2019, StorageCafe’s analysis of U.S. Census data shows.

Elon Musk’s recent move to the Lonestar State is just one of almost 190 daily moves from California to Texas from 2010-2019.

The California-to-Texas moving trend has been holding up for over a decade, with almost 690,000 Californians relocating to Texas since 2010.  

The affordable housing market, lack of income tax and robust employment sector in Texas have largely supported the continued migration trend.

“State-to-state migration considers push and pull factors. What pushes those out and what pulls people in? A variety of things are pushing people out of California, most notably an increase in cost of living, affordable housing shortages and liberal state politics that include high taxes and regulations,” said Christie Batson, associate professor of sociology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Many of the nation’s top companies are also relocating to Texas, according to the report. For example, Hewlett Packard is building a state-of-the-art campus near Houston to serve as its new headquarters. In addition, Oracle, Apple, Tesla, CRBE and Charles Schwab have all either moved or plan to move their headquarters to Texas. 

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