Friday, February 15, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Good news: Fewer people moved to Austin in 2017. Bad news: It was still a lot of people.

Prepare to be shocked: People keep moving to Texas.

A new Texas Realtors report looking at Census Bureau and U-Haul rental data found that more than half a million people relocated to the Lone Star State in 2017 – the second-highest number of relocations in the U.S. after Florida.

In total, 524,511 out-of-state residents moved to Texas, the report says; a net gain of 57,000 residents. While that’s a dip from 2016, it’s the fifth year in a row the state has seen more than 500,000 people move to Texas from other states.

California delivered the highest number of people to Texas, followed by Florida, Louisiana, Illinois and New York.

Harris County had the largest inflow of newcomers, with more than 83,000 in 2017. Dallas County ranked second with 45,000, followed by Tarrant County’s 42,000 and Bexar County’s 40,000 residents moving in.

Travis County was fifth on the list, with 32,000 people arriving, compared to nearly 26,000 moving out. But over a quarter of those moving out of the Austin area didn’t go far, moving up I-35 into Williamson County – just over 7,000 people.

Travis County had 1,226 in-state migrations from Dallas County and 1,083 from Harris County in 2017, according to the study.

This story was produced as part of the Austin Monitor’s reporting partnership with KUT. Photo credit: Gabriel C. Pérez/KUT. Graph credits: Texas Realtors.

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