Population boom

Austin pulls in ranking as No. 16 U.S. magnet for new residents, says report

Austin ranks as No. 16 U.S. magnet for new residents, says report

Austin skyline with lake
New residents are zooming into Austin. Visit Austin/Instagram

It’s as if a massive Vegas-caliber neon sign is beckoning new residents to Texas.

new ranking from PODS, a provider of moving containers, shows Austin was the No. 16 destination for its customers from January 2021 through March 2022. Sarasota, Florida, topped the list.

The Dallas-Forth Worth area came in at No. 2, with Texas' other major metro areas, Houston and San Antonio, both beating Austin at No. 12 and No. 13, respectively.

None of Texas’ four biggest metro areas broke into PODS’ top 20 for 2020-21.

PODS says it’s “no surprise” that Texas corralled four spots on the 2021-22 list, citing a relatively low cost of living, no state income tax, abundant sunshine, and access to nature and wide open spaces.

“Texas made headlines during the beginning of the pandemic as the new home state to many of Hollywood and Silicon Valley’s elite, putting it on people’s radars as one of the best places to move in the U.S.,” PODS says.

So, where are these folks moving from? Primarily the East and West coasts. PODS says the top places for outbound moves from January 2021 through March 2022 were:

  • Los Angeles
  • San Francisco area
  • Chicago
  • Long Island, New York
  • Central New Jersey
  • Seattle
  • Stockton-Modesto, California
  • Hudson Valley, New York
  • Philadelphia

“Something many of these cities have in common? They’re hubs for major industry employers, from technology to politics,” PODS observes. “Employers deciding to permanently adopt working remote policies may be one catalyst for the high number of moves out of these cities. Employees who no longer need to live in big cities or nearby … cities have moved on to cities where they can enjoy a better, or similar, quality of life at a lower cost of living.”