Remember in 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, when Austin looked like the Promised Land to many? They loaded up to move to Austin, Texas. They came from California and other areas of the U.S. to set up businesses or relocate during the years of working remotely. Well, pardners, those days are over, and Austin is now listed as the fifth-ranked city in the U.S. for people leaving.



According to a piece from CBS Austin, the city is ranked 5th among the top 10 U.S. cities with the highest number of people moving out in 2024, according to a new PODS survey. PODS is the moving company that delivers PODS to your home and then picks them up to move them.


Austin grew during the Covid pandemic as tech companies and new residents flocked. PODS data shows the number of people moving to Austin is declining for the first time in 20 years.

People leave Austin mainly because of declining affordability, soaring housing prices, and a lack of space for new home construction. These factors have made it hard for residents, especially newcomers, to find affordable housing, leading to a significant outflow of people from the city.

According to the survey, other major cities in the top five for move-outs include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, and Long Island, New York.

The southern Appalachian region, which includes North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia, is seeing the most growth.
1Los Angeles, CA (1st in 2023)
2Northern California (San Francisco area) (2nd in 2023)
3South Florida (Miami area) (5th in 2023)
4Long Island, NY (Serving parts of NYC) (4th in 2023)
5Austin, TX (Not ranked in 2023)

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