Austin Sees Spike in Move-Outs Amid Affordability and Tech Sector Concerns

Moving and storage company PODS earlier this month released a list of its most popular move-in and move-out cities nationally — and Austin is seeing a higher spike in people leaving the Texas capital.

PODS ranked Austin fifth among cities with the highest move-out levels.

It marks the first appearance of the city in PODS’ rankings, which uses the company’s national data. Dwindling affordability and housing inaccessibility are two of the factors contributing to these declines, PODS data found. The analysis also suggested present uncertainties and layoffs within the tech sector — a major industry that relocated operations and personnel to the Texas capital during the pandemic — might also be giving residents pause as to whether they should continue living in Austin.

Our partners at KXAN have more on the report, including the list of cities with the highest levels of move-outs, according to the PODS data.

In March, the Austin Business Journal reported that more people moved out of Travis County than into it over the 12-month period spanning July 2022 to July 2023, according to the U.S. Census — the first time for the county that roughly mirrors Austin’s city limits to have negative net migration since 2002, just after the dot-com bubble burst. Travis County still gained in population due to babies born.

The Austin metro is far from stagnating, however. The other four counties that make up the metro — Williamson, Hays, Caldwell and Bastrop — all logged gains from migration during the recent 12-month time period. In addition, Georgetown in Williamson County came in as the fastest-growing city of at least 50,000 people for the third year in a row, and Kyle in Hays County ranked No. 2.

By KXAN News
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