"All my exes live in Texas, and Texas is a place I'd dearly love to be," goes the chorus of an old George Strait song. Well, based on numbers released by the U.S. Census Bureau, a lot of people now have exes who live in Texas.
Between July 2006 and July 2007, about one in six Americans who moved out of state moved to Texas.
"16 percent of Americans who moved to other states between July 2006 and July 2007 came to Texas, which led the nation for the second straight year in that category," according to the AP.
"Four Texas metropolitan areas were among the biggest population gainers as Americans continued their trend of moving to the Sun Belt in 2006 and 2007," according to the Associated Press.
Dallas-Fort Worth saw 162,000 new residents come to the area in that time period--more than any other metropolitan area. Houston, Austin and San Antonio were also among the top 10 metropolitan areas in terms of population gain. Houston was fourth, Austin was eighth and San Antonio was tenth.
Atlanta, Phoenix, Riverside, Calif., Charlotte, N.C., Chicago and Las Vegas comprised the rest of the top 10.
"Of the 50 fastest-growing metro areas, 27 were in the South and 20 were in the West. Two were in the Midwest, one—Fayetteville, Ark.—straddles the South and Midwest and none was in the Northeast," according to the AP.
For more information on the migration to the Sun Belt, see our article Sun Belt Luring Young Workers.
All of the people moving to these areas had to move from somewhere, and many locations across the U.S. saw their populations decline. "Detroit lost more than three times as many people as any other metro area — its population declined more than 27,300. Other areas losing more than 5,000 people were Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Columbus, Ga., Youngstown, Ohio, and Buffalo, N.Y.," according to the AP.
Detroit, Buffalo and Pittsburgh all made NuWire's list of the Top 5 Declining U.S. Markets.
For more information on population shifts in the U.S., see NuWire's Population Growth Table From 2000-2006.