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Austin TX Ranks 5th - Best Place for Young Adult Relocation

Where are today's Young Adults, aged 25-34, moving to? Austin TX is ranked 5th!  Personally, I think they would be ranked higher if they included the ones who moved here first for college and then stayed here, but alas, that wasn't the criteria used.

Brookings Institution studies where young adults are moving.  They say that prior to the current recession, from 2005-2007, people were moving to places like Phoenix, Arizona and Riverside, CA.  Since the Recession, from 2008-2010, young adults are picking different cities, and what they termed "cool cities".

austin tx ranks 5th relocation for young adults

Austin TX isn't just a "cool city", but we have a very large Technology sector, and we all know technology changes day in and day out, so that's probably a timeless industry to be involved in.

How many young adults moved to Austin TX? 7099, according to the Brookings' report.  There are three main Texas metro areas that made the top 7 list. Texas is definitely fairing well with jobs and cost of living making it a very attractive place to move to.

Here are the other top 7 cities:
1 - Denver, CO - 10,429
2 - Houston, TX - 9,366
3 - Dallas, TX - 8,731
4 - Seattle, WA - 7,421
5 - Austin, TX - 7,099
6- Washington, DC - 7,044
7- Portland, OR - 6,656

Here is the entire article.
*Graphic courtesy of the HuffingtonPost article.


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Comment balloon 9 commentsDonna Harris • November 08 2011 03:16PM


Well, since my husband went to UT I would have to say it is a cool city.  Our families live in Houston, but we are still partial to the West Coast... Love your area too.

Posted by Kim Sellers, Lake Arrowhead Realtor - BRE#01412099 - Lake Arrow (Lake Arrowhead, CA Coldwell Banker) over 8 years ago

I was thinking Austin would make the list and guessed Dallas was still there Donna. The traffic congestion in all these hot spots is getting tougher and tougher each year though so MAYBE the very young can tolerate it better than the veterans in life's later years.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 8 years ago


Number 5 in the country, now that a good number for people moving to Austin Texas.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 8 years ago

You are surrounded by the "Z Generation". That should keep you young too.

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Donna, Washington always shows up on this list for the young and the hip! 

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 8 years ago

The roads are getting worse and worse, but at least in Dallas and Houston, a highway is actually a highway, whereas in Austin, it's a 2 lane road with 60mph speeds, but a traffic light every 1/2 mile... ridiculous!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 8 years ago

Hi Donna,

Not suprising at all to me, Austin is such a great place!

Posted by Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co (Preferred Home Brokers) over 8 years ago

Hi Donna...That's Pretty Cool to be number 5 in the Country for Cool cities to move to. I'm sure you consumer will appreciate knowing certainly are the go to person in Austin TX, especially for Real Estate.


Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Donna - you are right, it is a great place for young people to be weird. I think it's a great place to retire too, with the lake living.  Have a great day!

Posted by Cathy Criado, Making Real Estate Profitable (Criado Realty ) over 8 years ago