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After a year full of unprecedented challenges, major states and cities are seeing somewhat of a mass exodus in favor of west and southbound areas with lower density—creating the perfect storm for an Austin migration.


United Van Lines' 44th Annual National Movers Study revealed that Austin was the eighth most sought after city of 2020, drawing in crowds from major cities like Trenton, New Jersey; New York City, New York and Chicago, Illinois.

The study used the moving company's year-long migration data to formulate the study.

Though Austin didn't top the chart, it was the only Texas city that made it onto the list. The Austin-San Marcos area maintained 65% inbound moves and only 35% emigration rates.

(United Van Lines)

Austin was narrowly sandwiched between the Melbourne-Titusville-Palm Bay area of Florida in seventh place and Nashville, Tennessee in ninth place.

(United Van Lines)

According to the study, COVID-19 was the main accelerant for those who chose to make a transition to a new state. As for those who cited the pandemic as a reason for their move, 60% said they were concerned for their personal and family's health and well being, while 59% made the change to be closer to family.

Austin was named a "magnet" for jobs in the pandemic. In fact, across Texas, 52.64% of inbound moves were for jobs and only 4.69% of inbound moves were made for health and safety.

Now we wait to see how many newcomers Austin will welcome in 2021.

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