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Chad Swiatecki is a 20-year journalist who relocated to Austin from his home state of Michigan in 2008. He most enjoys covering the intersection of arts, business and local/state politics. He has written for Rolling Stone, Spin, New York Daily News, Texas Monthly, Austin American-Statesman and many other regional and national outlets.
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Who is moving to Austin?
More than one-third of new Austin residents in 2020 moved to the city from out of state, according to data from a national storage unit search company. The mobility report from Storage Cafe looked at roughly 1.7 million rental applications from across the nation to analyze relocation patterns, with 40 percent of new arrivals in Austin coming from other states. New York City was the most popular city of origin, with Columbus, Ohio; Chicago; Los Angeles and San Francisco rounding out the top of the list. East Riverside and Northwest Austin were the two most popular regions for new Austin renters, a group demographically made up mostly of millennials, who constituted 54 percent of the applicants.