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AUSTIN (PRNewswire) – Texas ranked second in the nation for incoming residents in 2016, according to the Texas Relocation Report released by the Texas Association of Realtors.​​

The report marked the fourth consecutive year that the Lone Star State experienced a gross inflow of over 500,000 residents from out of state.

According to the report, Texas welcomed 531,996 total new residents in 2016. This is less than the number of out-of-state residents who moved to Texas in 2015 (553,032), but the net gain of out-of-state residents in Texas in 2016 was still positive at 87,656 residents.

Nearly half of the gross inflow of residents originated from out of the U.S. Among the states, the highest number of new Texans relocated ​from California (69,945), Florida (31,145), Oklahoma (30,532), Louisiana (27,998) and Illinois (21,848).

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, New York-Newark-Jersey City, and Chicago-Naperville-Elgin produced the highest volume of residents moving to Texas. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington recorded the highest number incoming residents from out-of-state (123,661), followed by Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land (104,811).

At the county level, Harris County led the state with a net gain of 20,942 residents.

Texas ranked third in the nation for number of residents moving out of state (444,340) in 2016. Fewer people moved from Texas to other states compared with the previous report. The most popular relocation destinations for Texans were California (39,109), Florida (31,153), Oklahoma (28,060), Louisiana (21,925), and Colorado (20,725).

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