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By Marty Toohey – American-Statesman Staff
“Californian” has for years been Austin’s shorthand for someone, usually of means, who moves here from another part of the country. But no more. Florida is the new California.
Here are five things to know about the newest migration pattern:
1. Nearly twice as many Floridians moved to Travis County in 2012-13 as did Californians. The Sunshine State sent 13,347 transplants here versus 7,959 from the Golden State, according to Internal Revenue Service data and further analysis by Austin economist Brian Kelsey. That ratio held for 2011-12 as well.
2. When you calculate net migration between Travis County and other states (people coming here minus people going there), Florida still remains the top feeder with 9,695 net arrivals. But New York (4,416 net arrivals) slipped past California (4,278) for the No. 2 spot. This trend held in 2011-12 as well.
3. Think it’s California tech money pushing up earnings? Floridians brought higher gross-adjusted incomes ($128,509 per household) than did Californians ($98,979) in 2012-13, according to the IRS data.
4. It’s not clear whether the Florida influx, which only surpassed California in the two most recent years of data, is a long-term pattern, Kelsey said. The IRS changed its methodology starting with the 2011-12 data by including late filers who previously weren’t counted and by better tracking people as they shift from a dependent to filing their own tax return, for instance.
5. Texans still by far make up the most people moving in and out of Travis County. But there’s a consolation prize for California: It remains the top out-of-state destination for people moving out of Travis County, edging out Florida in 2012-13 by 29 people.
Where they’re coming from
Counties sending the most people to Travis County, 2012-13:
1. Williamson County, 13,749
2. Harris County, 4,108
3. Miami-Dade County (FL), 3,657
4. Hays County, 3,535
5. Bexar County, 2,809
6. Dallas County, 2,588
7. Los Angeles County (CA), 2,002
8. Bastrop County, 1,786
9. Broward County (FL), 1,781
10. Bronx County (NY), 1,722
Where they’re going
Top destinations for people leaving Travis County, 2012-13:
1. Williamson County, 17,224
2. Hays County, 6,200
3. Harris County, 3,472
4. Bastrop County, 2,544
5. Bexar County, 2,297
6. Dallas County, 1,791
7. Tarrant County, 1,070
8. Caldwell County, 822
9. Miami-Dade County (FL), 767
10. Bell County, 754