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Texas dominates list of most popular places to move to in the U.S.

Texas dominates list of most popular places to move to in the U.S.

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Texas metros are booming with new residents. Photo by gguy44/Getty Images

A new study shows Texas metros are some of the hottest places to move to in the U.S.  Real estate site CommercialCafe recently looked at "metro-to-metro" migration to see which areas are "winning" in terms of new residents, and a trio of Lone Star cities appears in the top five.

With an average net gain of 32,821 residents, Houston ranks third overall. Dallas-Fort Worth, with an average net gain of 30,639, follows at fourth. And Austin, with an average net gain of 26,733 people, is fifth. (The migration data was based on U.S. Census yearly average estimates for 2013-2017.)

Austin may have gained fewer total residents than its Texas neighbors, but, says the study, "Austin’s population grows by 1.3 percent per year from internal migration alone — the largest percentage growth among our top 10 cities." 

So where are these new residents coming from? Elsewhere in Texas, including San Antonio.

Austin gained the most new residents from Houston (14,082), followed by Dallas-Fort Worth (11,514) and San Antonio (10,098). Houston's influx of new residents came from DFW (16,306), Austin (9,304), and San Antonio (7,443). And DFW grew thanks to new residents from Houston (15,332), Los Angeles (9,495), and Austin (8,967).

While San Antonio doesn't appear on the list, the metro is an attractive place for Texans to move to. On average, 8,700 Houston residents, 8,500 Austin residents, and 6,500 DFW residents moved to Alamo City. 

Outside of Texas, the report shows that folks are flocking to Phoenix (No. 1) and California's Inland Empire (No. 2).