AUSTIN – When people consider a cross-country move, there
are a number of factors that go into relocation plans, including work,
retirement and family.
According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 46
million Americans pulled up stakes in 2015, with about 7.5 million of those moves
to a different state.
According to the Census Bureau data, many of the moves occurred
in the nation’s four largest states: Florida, New York, California and Texas.
Moreover, Americans are increasingly attracted to large
metropolitan areas. The data also uncovered another surprising trend: Texas’
major cities are attracting people from every corner of the country.
The state has been able to attract new residents
and businesses because of its advantages in taxation, Ciara Matthews, deputy communications director for Gov. Greg Abbott, told The Record.
In fact, the Tax Foundation ranks the state 46 out of 50
states with the lowest local and state tax burden in the country.
“Less government, low taxes, smarter regulations and
right-to-work laws are the pro-growth economic policies that help free
enterprise and home-grown businesses flourish, and that attract more employers
to Texas every day from states that over-tax and over-regulate,” Matthews said.
Census Bureau data also found that Austin has been a hotbed
for relocation, and it is no surprise to Texas officials, according to
“For the 12th year in a row, the nation’s top CEOs rank the
Lone Star State as the best state for business and for the fifth year in a row
Texas has won Site Selection Magazine’s Governor’s Cup,” she said.
According to a recent survey by the Office of the State
Demographer, approximately 5.9 million people moved to the Lone Star State
between 2005 and 2013, with most coming from another state.
Matthews noted that the state’s ability to attract new
businesses is creating jobs, which in turn attracts people seeking opportunities.
“The Texas Enterprise Fund – the state’s ‘deal-closing’
program – has helped bring diverse industries and thousands of new jobs to
Texas,” she said. “Put simply, the path to prosperity for more families and for
more businesses begins in Texas.”