Lone Star State Ranks Number One In Relocation

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More people are packing up and settling deep in the heart of Texas than anywhere in the United States, according to a study put out by moving company Allied Van Lines.

"Texas is just an attractive place to be these days," said Ben Hurwitz, president of Westheimer Transfer & Storage.

So attractive that for a fifth year in a row, Allied Van Lines has ranked Texas as the number one relocation destination. In its annual report, Allied showed the Lone Star state had the highest relocation gain of almost 2,000 (inbound minus outbound moves) in 2009, slightly higher than last year's gain of 1,900.

Arizona and North Carolina came in a distant second and third.

"Michigan, Illinois, New Jersey - that area seems like they have the most people moving out of those states, and California also has a lot of outbound traffic coming into Texas," said Hurwitz.

The recession has forced people in the north to look southward for opportunity.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Texas gained more people between July 2008 and July 2009 than any other part of the country.

The influx in population has been a blessing for the local housing market.

"We've seen a huge up-tic in the number of relocation buyers. In fact, this project here, all three townhomes, all three came from out of the city," said Tim Surratt, a realtor with Greenwood King Properties.

Surratt said the state's friendly business atmosphere; its climate and quality of life are just some of the main attractions that have helped win over the hearts and minds of non-Texans.

"A lot of them are sent here kicking and screaming, but once they get here they love it. And generally they don't ever want to move out," said Surratt.

One such person was Randy White. While he did not arrive in Houston kicking and screaming, he was surprised at what he found.

"When I came to Houston, you can buy about three times the house for the same price," said White.

White is a transplant from Florida; he is one of the thousands who now call Texas home.

"I love Houston, I was pleasantly surprised with it - the people and there is plenty of action here," said White.

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