10 Reasons Why So Many People Are Moving to Texas
By Tom Geoghegan
Every way you look at it, there are a lot of people moving to Texas.
Five of the 10 fastest-growing cities in the country between 2011 and 2012 were in Texas, according to new figures from the US Census Bureau. New York is way out in front in terms of added population, but Houston is second with San Antonio and Austin fourth and fifth.
Some of this Texan population boom is due to a natural increase - more births than deaths - but the numbers moving into the state from elsewhere in the US and from abroad far outstrip every other American state. Why?
Most new arrivals 2011-12 Texas: 210,590 N Carolina: 60,106 Virginia: 40,844
Critics have questioned whether the "Texas miracle" is a myth, based on cheap labour and poor regulation.
But Kotkin says Texas has plenty of high-wage, blue-collar jobs and jobs for university graduates, although people looking for very high-wage jobs would probably head to Seattle, San Francisco and New York.
Four of the top 10 metropolitan areas for job growth in 2013 are in Texas, according to Kotkin's website, New Geography.
Texas also has a huge military presence, which grew as defence spending increased in the decade after 9/11. Many retired Texans first came to the state as service personnel.
2. It's cheaper
Fastest growing cities in US (%) 1: San Marcos, Texas (4.91) 2: South Jordan, Utah (4.87) 3: Midland, Texas (4.87) 4: Cedar Park, Texas 4.67) 5: Clarktown, Tenn (4.43) 6: Alpharetta, Georgia (4.37) 7: Georgetown, Texas (4.21) 8: Irvine, California (4,21) 9: Buckeye, Arizona (4.14) 10: Conroe, Texas (4.01) US Census Bureau, 2011-12.