Table 1. Texas Metro Areas by HouseholdersWho Lived in Different Home One Year Ago
Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington 1,095,92033.8 66.2Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown 1,015,31133.0 67.0San Antonio336,85335.2 64.8Austin–Round Rock324,57529.870.2McAllen-Edinburg-Mission104,807 30.7 69.3El Paso96,90833.766.3Killeen–Temple–Fort Hood89,20125.274.8Corpus Christi76,55932.567.5Beaumont–Port Arthur64,44931.468.6Lubbock61,11723.576.5Brownsville-Harlingen53,358 32.467.6Waco45,320 32.367.7Amarillo43,223 47.552.5College Station–Bryan41,47924.3 75.7Tyler36,85235.065.0Laredo36,37328.471.6Longview-Marshall33,01734.066.0Abilene30,48527.073.0Wichita Falls23,45841.958.1Odessa22,55339.660.4Victoria20,55639.660.4Sherman-Denison18,88742.157.9Midland18,20637.462.6San Angelo15,16032.367.7
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau and Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University
exans are more mobile than the averageAmerican. More than our millionTexans relocated rom one residentialunit to another in 2005. This represented 19.1percent o the state’s population compared with16.1 percent or the United States.Homeowners in Texas moved slightly moreoten than the U.S. average. Texans who changedtheir residences accounted or 6.4 percent othe state’s population compared with a nationalaverage o 6.2 percent.
More mobility means more real estate transactions — salesand leases — and more commissions or real estate proes-sionals. Some licensees consider relocation as the fnal stepin renting-buying transactions and oer relocation services.Understanding renter mobility patterns is benefcial to rentalproperty managers.
Moving in Metros
More than one million moved in Dallas–FortWorth–Arlington and Houston–Sugar Land–Bay-town in 2005. The Dallas metro area ranked frstin number o people moved, ollowed by Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown, San Antonio, Austin–RoundRock and McAllen-Edinburg-Mission (Table 1).Texas renters were twice as mobile as homeown-ers. Renters and homeowners in Texas accountedor 66.5 percent and 33.5 percent o total house-holds who changed residences in 2005 comparedwith national averages o 61.7 percent and 38.3percent, respectively.College towns were the most mobile. Among thestate’s metropolitan areas, Lubbock had the largesttotal percentage o relocated tenants (76.5 percent),ollowed by College Station–Bryan (75.7 percent),Killeen–Temple–Fort Hood (74.8 percent) andAbilene (73 percent).Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington ranked frst in num-ber o homeowners moved, ollowed by Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown, San Antonio and Austin–Round Rock (Table 2). The Dallas metro area alsoranked frst in number o renters moved, ollowedby Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown, Austin–RoundRock, San Antonio and McAllen-Edinburg-Mission(Table 3).Amarillo homeowners who relocated accountedor 9.2 percent o the metro area’s population.The area ranked frst in the state in percentage ohomeowners who moved in 2005, ollowed by 7.4 percent orOdessa, 7.3 percent or Wichita Falls, 7.1 percent or Tyler,and 7 percent or Austin–Round Rock, Sherman-Denison andVictoria (Table 4). Brownsville-Harlingen and El Paso had thelowest percentage o owners who moved (4.7 percent), ollowed