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Dallas dominates list of most popular places to move to in the U.S.

Dallas dominates list of most popular places to move to in the U.S.

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DFW is attracting residents from Texas and beyond. joe daniel price/Getty Images

A new study shows Texas' major metros are some of the hottest places to move to in the U.S. — and, of course, that includes Dallas-Fort Worth.

Real estate site CommercialCafe recently looked at "metro-to-metro" migration to see which areas are "winning" in terms of new residents, and a trio of Lone Star cities appears in the top five.

With an average net gain of 32,821 residents, Houston ranks third overall. Dallas-Fort Worth, with an average net gain of 30,639, follows at fourth. And Austin, with an average net gain of 26,733 people, is fifth. (The migration data was based on U.S. Census yearly average estimates for 2013-2017.)

"Dallas-Fort Worth is another example of the South’s growing popularity, as it drew considerable numbers of people from metros throughout the United States," says the study.

So where are these new residents coming from? DFW gained the most new residents from Houston (15,332), followed by Los Angeles (9,495) and Austin (8,967).

Texas' major metros are the most popular locations for local residents to move to. On average, more than 16,000 DFW residents relocated to Houston, followed by Austin (11,514) and San Antonio (6,592).

"There are many reasons why people gravitate towards DFW," says CommercialCafe, citing the oil boom and the host of Fortune 500 companies headquartered in the area, which are "bound to attract metro-to-metro migration." 

Outside of Texas, the report shows that folks are flocking to Phoenix (No. 1) and California's Inland Empire (No. 2).