AUSTIN – Recent U.S. Census Bureau migration data show about 591,400 people moved to Texas from other states in 2021, with the most new residents arriving from California, Florida, and Colorado.
Texas was a top choice for Californians, with an estimated inflow of more than 107,500 people, the most from any U.S. state. Florida and Colorado followed, with estimates topping 31,000 and 30,000, respectively.
Analysis of demographic data from IPUMS in 2021 reveals further insight on new residents.
Nearly half of the individuals moving to Texas in 2021 were under 35, with an estimated 20.5 percent aged 24-35 and 29.4 percent under 24. Those aged 55 or older made up approximately 12 percent of new residents.
High earners accounted for a large portion of those moving to Texas, with an estimated 48.9 percent of new residents reporting household incomes over $100,000.
In contrast, an estimated 35.9 percent of individuals moving out of Texas had household incomes of at least $100,000.
Of those moving to Texas in 2021, many were seeking opportunities in manufacturing, retail trade, and agriculture or closely related industries, representing approximately 19 percent, 12 percent, and 7 percent, respectively.