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Who wants to live in Texas? Literally everyone, studies say.


As the Lyle Lovett song goes: That’s right, you’re not from Texas, but Texas wants you anyway. Even if we don’t want you, you’re still coming, apparently.

According to a study by United Van Lines (which bills itself as “the nation’s largest household goods mover”), more people are moving into Texas than out of the state. The company says that out of its customers’ 2015 Lone Star trips, 57 percent were inbound, making it No. 9 on the list of “Top Moving Destinations.” A representative for United Van Lines also said that Austin is the No. 2 destination for its customers within Texas.

Oregon, for the record, is the No. 1 state in the rankings.

Meanwhile, Texas cities also come out strong when it comes to finding jobs, according to a study by personal finance site WalletHub. That might explain all those inbound moves. The study considers two macro-level factors, job market (considering metrics like number of job openings per unemployed resident and monthly median starting salary) and socioeconomic environment (looking at metrics like average commute time and benefits). Texas takes three spots in the top 10 best cities to find a job in 2016: Plano at No. 1, Austin at No. 3 and Irving at No. 4.

So sorry, cranky Austinites. People are probably going to keep moving here as long the economy keeps chugging along.


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