Dallas-Fort Worth had the largest number of gains when it came to luring out-of-state residents to the four-county region, according to the Texas Association of Realtors recently released 2018 Texas Relocation Report.
In all, each of North Texas’ four counties were among the top-ranked counties for attracting out-of-state residents, landing 125,796 residents in 2016, which is the latest annual data available to the industry group.
In 2016, Texas brought in 531,996 total new residents, ranking No. 2 in the United States based on incoming residents, marking the fourth consecutive year the Lone Star state has seen a gross inflow of more than 500,000 residents from out-of-state, according to the industry group’s report.
"Despite slowing job growth and economic growth over the last two years, housing-market and population growth have remained strong and steady throughout the state," said Kaki Lybbert, the 2018 chairman of the Texas Association of Realtors, in a statement.
That is fewer out-of-state relocations to Texas than the previous year, which was 553,032. However, this year’s report still shows a net gain of out-of-state moves by 87,656.
Lybbert added that community leaders will need to think about housing affordability in the future as big metros — such as Dallas-Fort Worth — continue to get bigger with continued population growth.
Here’s a look at how other Texas metros ranked for the top 10 counties for in-migration:
Houston’s Harris County attracted 77,766 out-of-state residentsAustin’s three counties — Travis, Williamson and Bell counties — brought in a total of 69,804 out-of-state residentsSan Antonio’s Bexar County lured 41,322 out-of-state residentsEl Paso’s county brought 23,833 out-of-state residents
The "Texas Triangle," between the state’s major metropolitan areas continues to be a magnet for relocation activity, Lybbert said.
About half of the gross inflow of residents to Texas originated outside the United States, according to the report. Within the country, Texas brought in residents most recently from California, Florida, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Illinois.