Texas Sees Soaring Rise in Rich Families: A Magnet for High Earners and New Opportunities
Texas experiences a significant population boom with an influx of rich families relocating to the state, drawn by new opportunities and favorable living conditions, as indicated by the 2023 SmartAsset report.
Texas Becomes a High-Earner Haven: Exploring the Influx of Affluent Families and Its Impact on the State’s Economy
In recent years, Texas has experienced a significant population boom, with a notable influx of rich families relocating to the state. According to a 2023 report by SmartAsset titled “Where High Earners Are Moving,” Texas has seen the addition of more rich families than any other state except Florida. Between 2020 and 2021, Texas welcomed 22,751 households with an adjusted gross income of at least $200,000, while 13,743 high-earning taxpayers moved out of the state.
Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic during those years, the number of rich families in the United States continued to grow. In 2021, more than 8.68 million tax returns reported annual earnings surpassing $200,000, representing a marginal rise compared to the previous year. The migration of these rich families can have significant implications for a state’s tax base and overall financial situation.
Texas and Florida Lead the Rich Family Migration: Analyzing Top States and Factors Fueling the Attraction of Affluent Households
Texas retained its second position in the rankings for the second consecutive year, as revealed in SmartAsset‘s 2022 report. During the tax year between 2019 and 2020, the state experienced an inflow of more than 18,400 rich families and an outflow of over 13,000. Florida, for the second year in a row, outperformed Texas, claiming the top spot with the highest migration of wealthy new taxpayers, welcoming 27,567 households earning over $200,000 annually.
California and New York, on the other hand, saw the most significant loss of rich families in 2021. Nevertheless, they still maintain some of the nation’s highest percentages of rich families, with at least 7.2 percent of their tax base earning $200,000 or more per year.
According to Austin Culture Map, Texas’ appeal to new residents lies in its relatively lower housing, rent, and living costs, as well as the absence of a state income tax. As a result, the state continues to attract individuals and families from other states. The top ten states with the highest net migration of rich families, based on IRS data from 2020 to 2021, include Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Arizona, South Carolina, Tennessee, Nevada, Idaho, Colorado, and Utah.
Overall, the trend suggests that Texas, particularly cities like Austin, can expect its population to keep growing in the foreseeable future, fueled in part by the migration of high-income individuals seeking new opportunities and a favorable cost of living.