Austinites who aren’t Texans: The city’s influx of out-of-staters

The Austin Downtown Alliance presents the Downtown Street Fair every Friday starting today April 1, 2016 through June 3 at 9th and Congress Ave. featuring a festival of food vendors, retailers, entertainers, artists and more. Things got off to slow start with afternoon rain showers putting a damper on the festivities that take place between 11:30a to 1pm. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

The Austin Downtown Alliance presents the Downtown Street Fair every Friday starting today April 1, 2016 through June 3 at 9th and Congress Ave. featuring a festival of food vendors, retailers, entertainers, artists and more. Things got off to slow start with afternoon rain showers putting a damper on the festivities that take place between 11:30a to 1pm. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

You don’t often hear “Austin” as an answer when you ask someone in the city where they’re originally from. And if you’ve noticed it’s becoming even less common to hear “Texas,” you’re not imagining it.

As KUT reports, Travis County has the third most new, out-of-state residents of any county in the U.S. More than 250,000 non-Texans have packed up and relocated to Travis County between the years 2011 and 2014.

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The numbers come from the IRS and were analyzed by Brian Kelsey of Austin research firm Civic Analytics, who told KUT that while the majority of Travis County transplants used to be from other parts of Texas, “based on new data that has actually flipped.” Kelsey also noted that Travis County’s small size (in comparison to counties like Dallas or Harris) means you’re more likely to run into one of these out-of-staters.

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So which states are sending transplants Travis County’s way? According to KUT: “Florida tops the list of states other than Texas that sent the most citizens to the Austin area, followed by California, Georgia, New York and Illinois.”

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