People from Los Angeles and California are moving to Texas because of the high cost of living in their home state. There may be many other reasons to move, but high living costs are an undeniable factor. Even Elon Musk moved to Texas from his West Coast state. Californians tend to take advantage of the state's sunny and temperate climate by leading active lifestyles that encompass the outdoors.
However, for Californians, the city is particularly attractive. Their beautiful climate, low cost of living, affordable housing, active culture, outdoor opportunities and more allow them to preserve much of what they love about California while leaving aside some of the less desirable traits of that state. Not surprisingly, most California transplants target the Texas Triangle, which is the region that makes up the state's largest metropolitan areas, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and Austin. Texas Republicans, while supporting the Texas government's entrepreneurial approach that has attracted Californians, who come from a Democratic-led state, certainly hope not.
Austin also draws the attention of big names, such as Elon Musk, who referred to Austin as “mini California” and stated that the city could be the next big “booming city” during a recent interview with Joe Rogan. Regarding the areas where Californians are moving, Abbott once responded to the argument that more Californians moving to Texas didn't necessarily mean they would be liberal, and insisted that his internal surveys suggested that Californians who moved to Texas were more conservative than Texans in general. Melaku Mihret, who works remotely in Austin for a Meta office in the Bay Area, believes that some of the Californians who moved to Texas during the pandemic could simply move here temporarily, save money, and then return.