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Austin may be going Hollywood, but most newcomers are from Houston

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Austin's sign should read "Tacoland."  raindog808/Wikimedia Commons

Yeah, we know, Bloomberg Businessweek, we know. Austin is growing really fast and blah, blah, blah. In what must be amounting to a slow news week for everyone, Bloomberg published an article Tuesday about the immense growth in "B-list cities" like Austin. 

Disregarding the fact that the state capital and home of hipness was just called "B-list" by a bunch of business nerds, the article does point to data released by the American Community Survey that mapped migration between counties from 2007-2011. (2012-2013 isn't yet available.) In Travis County, most new Austin residents coming from of outside Texas are from, you guessed it, California.

 The overwhelming majority of people moving to Travis County are still from Texas. Harris County alone accounted for 6,027 new residents and Dallas County added a little over 3,000.  

Southern California delivered the majority of transplants, with the Los Angeles and San Diego metro areas accounting for more than 2,000 new arrivals. In Northern California, including San Francisco and the counties that make up Silicon Valley, more than 1,000 residents picked up and moved to Austin, thanks in part to the area's booming tech industry.

Interestingly, the majority of people who leave Travis County for another state are heading to California. Whether they're going home, or they're just terrible traitors, is unclear.

Where else are people coming from? Seattle; New York City; Washington, D.C. and surrounding suburbs; Philadelphia metro area; Chicago; and Collier County, Fla. all saw a sizeable migration. And here's a fun fact you can break out during an Austin happy hour: Alaskans account for just about 400 newcomers.

But lest we all worry that Texas is going to be overrun by out-of-staters (like certain writers of this article), don't worry. The overwhelming majority of people moving to Travis County are still from Texas. Harris County alone accounted for 6,027 new residents and Dallas County added a little over 3,000. 

So, Austinites, put down that pitchfork and resist the urge to ram the next Prius you see with your pickup, because you're safe. Well, safe for now.

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