SAN ANTONIO (Texas News Radio) — The Texas population continues to grow, but where in the world are all of these people coming from?
The story varies by metro area. For most parts of the state, a large amount of the migration is happening with other Texas cities.
Dallas-Fort Worth is seeing large gains from other big cities across the country, like Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. Regionally, it is drawing a lot of people from the Killeen-Temple area and Shreveport, La. The metroplex is losing people primarily to other Texas metro areas large and small, ranging from big cities like Austin to small cities like Longview.
Houston’s gains are also from other large cities across the country, though it draws from a larger list of big metro areas. On top of the big three cities, Houston also sees a lot of moving trucks from places like Washington, Miami and Orlando. Houston primarily lost people to other Texas metro areas.
For San Antonio, its big gains were from other Texas metro areas — namely Houston and the Rio Grande Valley — along with some additions from places like Los Angeles and Phoenix. San Antonio saw its biggest net losses to big Texas college towns.
Austin keeps growing and that growth is fueled by a mix of Texans from other big Texas metro areas and people from other big cities like New York and Los Angeles.
In border metro areas like McAllen and Brownsville, there is a large amount of net out-migration from those locations to other parts of the state. The population is likely being replenished by migration from outside the U.S.
The data is based off U.S. Census Bureau migration estimates from 2012 to 2016 on migration flows between U.S. metro areas.
Dallas-Fort Worth is the most-populated metropolitan area in the entire state of Texas. Most people who move to the region are from other parts of the state, though there is a large percentage that come from other large metro areas like Los Angeles and New York.
Below are the estimated number of people who moved to or left the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area and where they came from or left to.
While the numbers above show the volume of people moving, the figures below show where the metro area is gaining more people from than losing them to.
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Highest net loss: