The pandemic sparked a Great Migration that put millions of Americans — and considerable wealth — on the move, and Texas had the second-highest amount of new citizens calling the Lone Star state home.
New data from the American Community Survey shows Texas added just over 668,000 new residents with a net migration over 174,000.
Texas added the most new residents from California (102,442), while it lost the most residents (42,279) to the Golden State. Texans also moved to Florida in droves, with over 38,000 residents moving to the southwest.
Austin has long been a popular destination for Bay Area companies and their employees. But the city became especially hot during the pandemic, scoring some big wins at the Bay Area’s expense. Both Tesla Inc. and Oracle Corp. moved their headquarters to the Texas capital in recent years, following a stampede of California tech workers to the region, making Austin the nation’s 10th largest city today.
And while California is the state that funnels more people here than any other, the vast majority of new Central Texans come from other parts of Texas. Austin Business Journal