Where all those people are coming to Austin from (and where they go once they’re here)


Pennybacker for Golden Gate: a fair bridge trade, apparently, since Bay Area residents are filling up Austin more than any other newcomers, according to a recent study.

Real estate website Redfin crunched some numbers in the last quarter of 2017 and examined “migration” patterns between U.S. metro areas. Actually, what the company examined were searches for homes among users of its website, which as any daydreamer knows is less a sign that you’re about to rent a U-Haul and more a sign that you’re bored at work.

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San Francisco is the top origin point for people looking for homes in Austin, according to the study. Houston came in at No. 2 and Los Angeles came in at No. 3, with Dallas and Seattle rounding out the top five cities whose residents are creeping on our cribs. Austin also ranked tenth on the study’s “Top 10 Metros by Net Inflow of Users” list.

Houston might not have the land of Rice-A-Roni beat when it comes to folks looking at homes in Austin. However, Austin was the top destination for Houstonians looking to get the heck outta town. Or maybe they just like wistfully looking at our home listings online! We’ve got some snazzy-looking houses.

The study’s methodology, according to Redfin, was based on a sample of more than 1 million users of the site’s home-search service, looking at 75 metro areas. And those users searching for homes outside their own metro area account for 22 percent of Redfin users, according to the study. So as far as sample size and reliability of data go … well, we’re not talking the U.S. Census, here. But these lists are fun, and you’re probably looking for another reason to defame the hordes of Californians despoiling Austin’s vibe. So, here we are.

In 2016, Austin’s population surpassed the 2 million mark, according to Census data.

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Where are all those new Austinites going to go? There’s a real estate website study for that! According to Redfin, the “hottest” neighborhoods in Austin are South Lamar (not really a neighborhood, more a section of a street), North Lamar (um) and North University (OK, that’s fine). That’s based on visits to home listings and people marking those listings as “favorities” in December, according to a study published Jan. 29.

Enjoy your hot neighborhoods, you lucky people. Hope you like sourdough bread bowls.


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