Texas attracts top talent with low cost of living and high quality of life
by Lloyd Potter, Ph.D., Texas State Demographer, Professor and Interim Dean, UTSA College of Public Policy
Source: TribTalk | Perspectives on Texas
To the outsider, analyzing domestic migration into Texas might seem like a droll intellectual pursuit. But poring over the numbers reveals a new way of looking at our state, a new way to understand how high-tech jobs, a lower cost of living and a higher quality of life has made Texas an attractive option for some of the best and brightest minds in America, luring them away from crowded, expensive coastal cities like San Francisco and New York City.
My roles as the Texas State Demographer and as director of the Texas Demographic Center at the University of Texas in San Antonio, give me incredible insight into how populations move in and out of the state. As the Population Association of America’s Annual Meeting takes place in Austin this week, there’s no better time give some context to the numbers.
One trend that has remained unchanged for nearly a decade: Texas has led all states in net domestic migration, resulting in an estimated 1,019,434 new residents to our state between 2010 and 2017, or 385 per day, and the influx does not look to be subsiding.
Let’s look at some of these stats.
Between 2010 and 2014, the Austin metro area gained nearly 20,000 domestic migrants, San Antonio’s numbers jumped nearly 9,000, Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington saw an increase of more than 23,000 and the Houston metro area more than 30,000.