Deep Dive: Why are Californians moving to Texas?

Nicolas Read

As the United States continually grows, finding affordable living space is getting harder and harder. States originally seen as the powerhouses of America and the world are getting more expensive and less progress is being made. One tried and a true example of this is the sunshine state, California. 


When did this start?


As far back as the 40s’, California was always known as the state where everyone moved to. Every person had a different background and story, and it eventually grew to become the most populous state in America. But as far back as 2010, people were actually leaving the state more than people moved in – losing around 39,500 – in the span of a year. Now that may be small based upon their massive population of almost 40 million, but if you put into perspective that around 150,000 moved in and around 180,000 moved out, it just shows the numbers that are being dealt with.


Why did this happen?

Though it may seem the sunshine state is the poster-child of America, the massive exodus is actually caused by this vision. With so many residents moving in, it caused a massive housing crisis, shooting living prices up so much that it made it possible for everyone except for the rich to not be able to afford it. With crime rising by 1.5% and an ever-increasing population of homeless people, it comes as no surprise that many residents wanted out. And the pandemic didn’t make it better. As everyone lost their jobs, less and less could afford to live in the already expensive state. 


Why Texas?

Texas may not seem like a place the majorly democratic population of California would most likely move into, but there are actually some very attractive parts of texas that would make their home state seem a lot worse. With similar weather that is experienced mainly in southern California, where the majority of people live, it seems like adapting to weather would not be a problem. As well as this, housing was much cheaper and more affordable with attractive homes not even hitting the quarter of a million mark – much better than the quarter of a million minimum seen in the most expensive parts of California. Not including those benefits, taxes are considerably lower in Texas, even in places such as Austin. And when people start moving, business starts moving too. Most notably, Tesla and Hewlett Packard. Very soon, Texas will be the next silicon valley.