Dallas Fed: Texas is the ‘toughest state’ in the US

Dallas Fed: Texas is the ‘toughest state’ in the US

(The Center Square) – As immigration trends continue to show people continuing to move to Texas, those least likely to leave are native Texans, making Texas the most “sticky” state, the Bank said of the Dallas Federal Reserve.

“Texas is the most complicated state in the country. Natives don’t leave,” she said in an analysis of Census Bureau immigration data.

A new report from a British publication cites analysis highlighting state migration trends and says: “Texas is the archetypal sticky state: huge, warm, with big cities, a strong identity and a diversified economy. “It also keeps residents going with features like no state income tax and the 15th lowest cost of living in the country.”

The Dallas Federal Reserve was the first to define “tightness” and explained that it is related to economic health. “The share of people born in a state and staying there can provide an important measure of its attractiveness to workers. The stickiness of native residents is also key to maintaining a stable (or growing) population and workforce, which is vital for economic growth,” she says.

The Dallas Fed analyzed data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, which shows that 82% of native-born Texans still lived in Texas in 2021.

Other tough states rounding out the top five are North Carolina, Georgia, California and Utah. The five least complicated states are Wyoming, North Dakota, Alaska, Rhode Island and South Dakota, according to the Federal Reserve’s analysis.

“In particular, less complicated states tend to see high levels of migration from everyone, not just their native residents,” says the Dallas Fed.

It notes that Texas had the lowest migration rate in 2021. “Overall emigration figures track all people who move from one state to another, including both people born there and those who moved there before leaving, which “which makes them a better indicator of population flows.” he explains.

The tighter a state, the better economic conditions will be, according to the Federal Reserve’s analysis. “Without sufficient employment opportunities, native-born residents may be forced to migrate to other states in search of good jobs.”

Gov. Greg Abbott has made a similar claim, noting that people are moving to Texas because of better-paying jobs and a lower cost of living. “The most dynamic economy in the nation is built by Texans,” he said last month after Texas again broke its own employment records.

“This continued momentum is a testament to the strength of our young, skilled, diverse and growing workforce, our welcoming business climate, and the strategic investments we continue to make in education, workforce development and critical infrastructure. These are the advantages of Texas that help us attract and retain job-creating companies that are growing in diverse industries in all regions of our great state.”

In April, Texas’ job growth rate tripled the U.S. rate and again set record levels for the largest number of jobs filled, the largest number of Texans employed, and the largest civilian workforce in state history. The Center Square reported.

April marked the 37th consecutive month of positive annual job growth, with growth in 46 of the last 48 months. In March, Texas broke the same records, with the Houston area adding the second-most nonfarm jobs in the country, The Center Square reported.

Texas also continues to rank first in nearly every major business ranking every year and every month. This year, Texas was named the best state to do business for the 20th consecutive year; Governor Abbott was recognized as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME magazine, The Center Square reported.

“Texas is truly the best state for business and is a model for the nation,” Abbott said. “Freedom is a magnet and Texas offers entrepreneurs and hard-working Texans the freedom to succeed. When choosing where to relocate or expand their businesses, the most innovative industry leaders recognize competitive advantages only found in Texas. The country’s top CEOs continually cite our pro-growth economic policies, no corporate income taxes or personal income taxes, along with our young, skilled, diverse and growing workforce, easy access to global markets, infrastructure solid and predictable business. friendly regulations.”

In the last year alone, The Center Square reported that Texas ranked first for having the best business climate and was awarded 12 consecutive years as the best state for attracting the most job-creating business expansion and relocation projects. .

Four Texas cities rank among the best in the country for career growth; Six out of every 10 U.S. counties ranked as economic and talent powerhouses are located in Texas.

More people moved to Texas in 2023 than any other state; Texas counties experienced by far the largest population increase in 2023. The Census Bureau cited Texas’ record job growth and economic expansion as hallmarks of its success in 2023.


The Texas economy also grew faster than the national economy for six consecutive quarters; Texas leads the United States in semiconductor manufacturing, and Texas’ oil and natural gas industry broke multiple records in 2023.

Texas, as the oil and natural gas capital of the United States, broke multiple records last year, reporting the highest totals ever recorded for crude oil production, exports, refining results and supply, and paid the most taxes in the history of the state, more than 26.3 billion dollars.