Texas Second Most Popular State to Move to Study Shows

Irving—Last year 4.6 million Americas moved interstate. Of those, over half a million moved to Texas, making it the second most popular destination behind Florida.

STORAGECafé, a nationwide storage space marketplace that helps people find storage units, in conjunction with United Van Lines, conducted research about the migration patterns of Americans last year. They looked at migration data from the U.S. Census Bureau and financial data from United Van Lines to estimate the average costs of people moving from point A to point B.

The most common of these moves is from California to Texas. Last year, 86,164 Californians packed their bags and moved to the Lone Star State, costing on average $3,700-$4,100. Californians accounted for about 15 percent of the 563,945 people that moved to the state last year.

Roughly 25 percent of all the new Texas residents found themselves in North Texas, with just over 47,000 moving to Dallas County alone. One potential reason for people to be coming to Texas could involve taxes.

“Taxes do seem to be an important factor in domestic migration,” Maria Gatea, creative writer for STORAGECafé, said. “Florida and Texas, two states with low tax burdens, are attracting plenty of Californians and New Yorkers, two states famous for their high tax rates. [Other] factors such as business climate, cost and quality of living, cultural attractions, taxes, labor market dynamism, job security and salary levels will certainly be important for anyone making the decision to move.”

Although more people are moving to Florida and Texas, those two states rank second and third behind California for number of people moving out of state. New York is fourth.

Simultaneously, all of those states are in the top 10 for most popular states to move to. Other states in the top 10 include North Carolina (#4), Georgia (#5), Virginia (#6), Arizona (#7), Washington (#8) and Pennsylvania (#10). On the opposite end of the spectrum, the least popular states for moving to are Wyoming, Vermont and South Dakota.

This all comes as U.S. Migration Levels reach its lowest point since 1947, which is when the Census Bureau started gathering data.

“According to the latest data released by the US Census Bureau, only about 9.8 percent of Americans moved in 2018,” Gatea said. “[It’s] the first time that the percentage has dropped under 10 percent.

“Between 1999 and 2000, more than 16 percent of Americans were moving, with 20 percent of those going long distances. If we look even further down the line, Census Bureau data show that, in the 50s, about 20 percent of Americans were moving each year.”

“There are many potential explanations for why Americans are moving less than they did in the past,” Gatea said. “One is the demography, the median age of the population is growing, and older people are less interested in moving than young ones. Another is that cost of living exploded in most large cities, and young people interested in job opportunities are deterred by those costs.”


This research was conducted by STORAGECafé, an online listings portal where people can easily find self-storage units for rent across the United States.

Since the self-storage industry is closely related to population growth, we wanted to identify the major migration patterns in the U.S. In order to provide a more comprehensive picture of what mobility entails, we also looked at the relocation costs associated with the most common state-to-state moves.

The pricing data was kindly provided by United Van Lines through their Snapmoves program. United Van Lines has a network of more than 340 agent locations that allow them to blanket the country with long distance movers, serving nearly every city and small town across America with the best moving services available.

Migration data was taken from the US Census.