Numbers spike of New Yorkers packing for Texas

Texas State Capitol
Texas State Capitol

Imagine a New York accent infused with a Texas twang.

That’s what’s happening as New Yorkers flee to the Lone Star State, according to exclusive new data from the Center for an Urban Future.

The Center analysis shows a jump in New Yorkers moving to Texas cities like Dallas and Austin.


For example, in 2005, IRS data reveals that 328 New Yorkers relocated to the Texas county including Austin, but as of 2010, the most recent data available, that number jumped 96 percent to 643.

And many Brooklynites are moving their plaid shirts and cowboy boots south — according to the Center, the number of borough residents moving to Austin jumped 170 percent, from 83 to 224.

Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston also showed increases – Manhattan residents moving to Tarrant County, which includes Fort Worth, increased 110 percent, from 51 to 107.

“People are moving down here in unbelievable quantities,” Austin real estate broker Angele Moyseos told Metro.

“They just want a different quality of life,” she added. “It is hard to live in New York. It is not that hard to live other places.”

Transplants follow jobs, the warm weather or simply a change of pace, she said.

About 60 percent of New Yorkers who moved shifted to southern states between 2000 and 2009, according to the Empire Center for New York State Policy.

And Texas is courting New Yorkers on a public scale – Attorney General Greg Abbott sponsored ads in January wooing gun-loving New Yorkers.

Lawyer David Miller, 34, was born and bred in Midtown Manhattan. But he “jumped at the opportunity” in 2011 to relocate to Houston when his wife was pregnant.

“Everything is much cheaper,” he said. “Things are just easier generally.”

Now, he said, “We throw the kid and the dog in the yard and everyone’s happy. You can’t do that in New York. We had a small yard in Brooklyn, but it was tiny. It was a postage stamp.”

Moyseos, 41, herself moved from Astoria to Austin in 2008, wanting better green space and schools.

Now, she helms a Manhattan Mafia meetup group with more than 200 New York transplants (sample post, “Fuggedabouit Y’all”). She gets a new request for the group about once a week.

“It was always a dream for me to move to New York, and I think New York has a shelf life,” she said. “I think if you’re from somewhere else, it is sometimes difficult to stay there for the long haul.”

Southern draw

In a separate report the Center issued, other cities picking up New Yorkers included Atlanta and Charlotte. Paul Berardi, 51, a real estate agent in Charlotte, moved from Long Island in 1995 and said he has since seen a growing community of NYers. “You just run into New Yorkers day in and day out,” he said. “You see the New York license plates, the Yankees stickers on the back windshields.”

Whether to stay or go

A Marist College poll in 2009 revealed 36 percent of New Yorkers younger than 30 planned to leave within five years. In that poll, people said that taxes, cost of living and difficulty finding jobs were all reasons to get out of town. And in a new study out this month from moving company United Van Lines, New York is the fourth likeliest state for people to flee for 2013.

NYC in TX
New York favorites have made the trip south, too. Home Slice Pizza in Austin offers “authentic NY-style pizza” by the slice or pie. The owners take workers on a pizza tour of New York every year, Moyseos said. And the Brooklyn Brewery started offering their brews in the state in 2011, which they celebrated with a tapping parting in Dallas.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Washington state approves first producer of pot edibles

  A Seattle-based company that makes marijuana-infused drinks and candies has become the first business in Washington approved to make edible pot products for the…

National

Florida cat owners call 911 after Russian blue…

By Barbara ListonORLANDO Florida (Reuters) - Kush the cat was quarantined in central Florida after her owner called 911 over the weekend for help, saying…

Local

Times Square costumed characters under scrutiny

Costumed characters in Times Square are under scrutiny after a string of incidents involving Elmo, Woody, Mario and Spider-Man.

National

Justin Bieber gets two years probation for egg…

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop star Justin Bieber pleaded no contest to misdemeanor vandalism on Wednesday for pelting a neighbor's home with eggs and was…

Books

What to eat while you read

A smudge of chocolate on a page never hurt anyone.

Television

TV watch list, Wednesday, July 9: 'The Bridge,'…

See Diane Kruger solve some mysteries in the second season premiere of "The Bridge."

Music

Springsteen 'Hunter of Invisible Game' film debuts, shows…

Bruce Springsteen can do whatever the hell he wants. He's at the point in his career where he doesn't need to prove anything to anybody,…

Movies

Interview: Ethan Hawke can finally talk about 'Boyhood'

"Boyhood" star Ethan Hawke talks about having to keep quiet about the film's 12 year making, and how director Richard Linklater likes to show minutiae.

MLB

A Joffrey Ballet dancer threw the most beautiful…

http://youtu.be/Hg61JOZJrYM?t=29s While asked to throw a first pitch at a baseball game can be a treacherous and/or embarrassing experience (see Cent, 50), sometimes everything can…

World Cup

World Cup semifinals preview: Holland vs. Argentina

The second semifinal pits another South American soccer power against a European one.

MLB

MLB power rankings: Athletics cement spot on top,…

The Athletics cement spot on top of our MLB power rankings with a huge trade, while L.A. teams follow.

NFL

Geno Smith 'feels good' about Jets making Super…

It wasn't quite Joe Namath's Super Bowl guarantee, but Geno Smith's recent comments to the NFL Network will do for now. The Jets have been…

Style

Give it up for French fashion: Bastille Day

In honor of Bastille Day we round up some French-inspired wardrobe essentials.

Tech

Potato salad Kickstarter reaches over $70,000

All Zack Danger Brown wanted to do was make potato salad and find a few dollars for ingredients, as Metro mentioned earlier this week when…

Education

American teenagers are lagging behind when it comes…

American high schoolers have a hard time answering basic questions about bank accounts, saving money and credit cards. That's according to a new study by…

Style

Where lotion and art mingle: Kiehl's new Nolita…

Kiehl's celebrates its new Nolita boutique.