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Why Are Californians Moving to Austin, Texas?

Article By Emily Miller

If you live in Texas, you’ve probably heard all the jokes about Californians overrunning Austin and other major Texan cities. It’s true, more Californians are turning to the Lone Star State, and in fact, the trend can be traced all the way back to the 2008 recession. California, as glamorous as it is, is also infamously expensive, and there’s no better time than a recession to seek out greener, more inexpensive pastures.

The trend has been steadily growing ever since, with 2018 seeing a 36.4% growth in Californians making the move to Texas. In 2019 alone, over half a million Californians chose Texas as their new home. In fact, California currently stands as the no. 1 source of newcomers in Austin.

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I have been to seventeen UT football games, 3 Austin City Limits Festivals, and visited the State Capitol twice. I’ve paddle-boarded on Lady Bird Lake and picnicked in Zilker Park. I’ve shopped South Congress, hiked Mount Bonnell, ventured through 6th street, lunched at Franklin’s Barbeque, investigated the Driskill, and swam at Barton Springs Pool. Growing up in Lake Travis, a suburb thirty minutes from downtown Austin, I have had my whole life to explore everything this sought-after city has to offer. Well, here I am twenty years later, and I feel like I’ve just scratched the surface!

It is no wonder nearly 170 people migrate to Austin every day seeking the city’s artistic culture, steady job growth, and active lifestyle. Austin is alive with diversity, not only in its people, but in opportunity. Not just anywhere...