AUSTIN (KXAN) – More people are moving to Dallas, Houston and San Antonio than Austin, according to a new moving company report.
PODS Moving & Storage analyzed data from nearly half a million customers who moved between January 2021 and March 2022. The company compared the number of its customers who moved to a city or region versus those who left the area.
Austin ranked # 16 on the list of cities with the most people moving in. Houston and San Antonio were both ranked higher, # 12 and # 13, respectively, but Dallas-Fort Worth claimed the top spot in Texas, # 2 nationwide.
The PODS data are consistent with the US Census Bureau figures. According to 2020 Census data, all five aforementioned cities ranked in the top 5 Texas cities with the highest increase in population. Houston added more than 200,000 residents between 2010 and 2020, and Fort Worth and Austin both added more than 170,000. San Antonio and Dallas both saw population increases of just over 100,000.
Fort Worth experienced the largest percentage increase in the same time frame with a jump of 23.98% in the population. Austin was close with a population growth of 21.68%. Houston, Dallas and San Antonio all experienced population increases of between 8 and 9%.
Several cities in the southeast, especially in Florida, appear in the top 20 ranking, with most moving in. Sarasota, Florida, claimed the top spot, up from # 5 last year.
So what is driving the trends? The PODS report highlights the fact that many companies now allow teleworking permanently, giving employees greater freedom when choosing where to live.
“Moving closer to family, especially aging family members, is also high on the list, which may explain why many people have found themselves moving to Florida and Maine, two states with the highest percentage of elderly populations in the country,” the report said.
Meanwhile, there were several places in the Northeast, especially around New York City, that left the most people.
Rival moving company U-Haul reported similar trends back in January. The company’s annual “U-Haul Growth Index” found that Texas had the most people heading into the state, with Florida close by.
The company reported that the number of one-way trucks driving into Texas increased by 19% in 2021 compared to the previous year, with the largest growth in the suburban area around the DFW subway complex.