New report reveals most popular relocation destinations among Houstonians

by Lindsey Wells

While Houston became home to nearly 600,000 new residents between 2014 and 2018, thousands of Houstonians left the city, too — but the majority didn’t go far. 

According to a new Stacker report, which ranked 50 of Houston residents’ most popular relocation destinations, the top five were in Texas. Seventeen Texas cities total made the list. The report was based on migration data between 2014 and 2018 from the U.S. Census Bureau. 

Dallas secured the top spot on the list, gaining 16,232 new residents from Houston during the four-year period. Austin came in second, gaining nearly 14,000 Houstonians, followed by San Antonio (7,935), College Station (6,729) and Beaumont (4,845).

Colorado, California and Florida were the three most popular states outside of Texas for relocating Houstonians. Other states on the list included New York, Illinois, Georgia, Louisiana, Arizona, Washington, Oklahoma, Florida, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Nevada.

The report also looked at the number of people relocating to Houston from other areas. Between 2014 and 2018, Houston was the most popular relocation site for Texas residents from Dallas, Austin, College Station, Beaumont and Corpus Christi. 

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