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Austin declared the second-best place people are moving in America

Austin declared the second-best place people are moving in America

Austin downtown skyline bats Congress Bridge
Only one city bests Austin on this list. Imagine Austin/Facebook

It seems everybody wants to be a Texan these days. U.S. News & World Report recently determined the best places people are moving to in the U.S., and four Texas metros — Austin included — make the cut.

To determine the top 20, the publisher examined population growth by net migration for the 100 largest metro areas from 2010 to 2014 using U.S. Census Bureau data. Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas-Fort Worth land on the list. 

Austin is the most popular place to move to in the state and No. 2 in the nation. With a net migration of 8.86 percent, our population increased to 1.8 million in the five-year period studied. "Austin also ranks highly for desirability and has a blossoming job market for the tech industry," notes the study. The Capital City boasts a median home price is $240,000 and median annual salary $48,150.

Houston ranks sixth, with a net migration of 5.43 percent and population of 6.2 million. Houston offers a relatively low cost of living, with a median home price of $190,000 and median annual salary of $50,830.

San Antonio comes in just behind Houston, at No. 7, with a 5.36 percent net migration rate. While Alamo City boasts the lowest median home price ($161,900) among Texas metros, it also has the lowest median salary, $41,870.  

Dallas-Fort Worth ranks 17th, with a net migration rate of 4.39 percent and a population of 6.7 million — the largest on the list. DFW has a healthy job market and family-friendly suburbs that attract young professionals, says the report. The median annual salary is $47,670, and the median home price is an affordable $202,121.

Florida has the most metros on the list, including Fort Myers, at No. 1. Sarasota, Florida; Charleston, South Carolina; and Orlando round out the top five.