Everyday between the years 2010 and 2014, about eight Californians packed up their Californian belongings and set their sights on Austin. According to a CultureMap review of census data, that means almost twice as many Californians made the move to Austin each year during that five year period as Austinites made the move to the Golden State.
If you’re thinking that number sounds high, that’s because it is. CultureMap worked out the net figures, and Austin gained about 15,000 Californians over the five years, or “roughly the same number of people who live in the Austin suburb of Taylor.” What might surprise you is where in California most of these transplants are coming from.
Despite the similar tech cultures, Silicon Valley is not Austin’s main supplier of Californians. Instead, most Californians-turned-Austinites (about 2,500) are leaving behind the sunny Los Angeles metro area.
The president of the Austin Board of Realtors, Brandy Guthrie, told CultureMap that Californians who leave the state are most likely drawn to Austin’s “job growth, lower-priced housing, or to experience Austin’s high quality of life and culture — similar climates, Austin’s inclusive culture, active art and music scenes, and more.”
Not entirely sure what she means by “lower-priced housing,” but it’s undeniable: Austin is where it’s at. Or at least according to eight Californians today.
Read Culture Map’s full article here.