Texas once again one of the nation’s most popular destinations for relocating

Houston saw more than 100,000 people come into the city last year from July 2011 to July 2012.Whether it's because of the favorable employment conditions, warm weather or Southern hospitality, Texas had some of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas last year.According to recent data reported by the U.S. Census Bureau, between July 1, 2011 and July 2, 2012, the Lone Star State witnessed population levels jump considerably in several metro locations, including Midland, Odessa and Austin-Round.Thomas Messenbourg, senior adviser and performing duties director for the Census, indicated that the main factor at play likely had to do with the state's energy boom.”For instance, the Permian Basin, located primarily in West Texas, and North Dakota accounted for almost half of the total U.S. growth in firms that mine or extract oil and gas, during a recent one-year period,” said Messenbourg.From a numerical standpoint, Houston and the Dallas-Fort Worth areas led the way, adding populations levels north of 100,000 in each city, the report revealed.Those who have come to occupy Houston homes are doing well economically. In a separate report that chronicles where upper-income earners are largely congregated, the Census notes that Houston has the fifth-highest concentration of households whose earnings place them in the top 5 percent of the nation's wealthy.
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