Forbes Maps DFW Migration Patterns

Dallas gets more than gives

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    My dad’s job brought our family to Dallas from Port Arthur, Texas — oh, thank the mercies — when I was 12, and I’ve lived here ever since.

    Dallas’ population has continued to grow from that time, and it’s not all attributable to procreation. A goodly percentage of new residents moved here from elsewhere, and a Forbes map published recently shows from whence they came during 2008. It also shows to where former Dallas residents — sorry, Dallasite just sounds too much like parasite — relocated.

    According to the interactive map — incoming rendered in black and outgoing in read — most of the folks moving here came from Southern California, (and why) Detroit and the Rust Belt, (OK, sure) Chicago, the Mid-Atlantic states, and Florida.

    According to Walkable DFW, even more people moved to Austin and its environs, and OK, whatever. Must be lobbyists.

    People who left Dallas, again according to the lines on the map, took off for the same Austin Hill Country — to quote the immortal Curly Bill Brocius, “Well, bye” — the Pacific Northwest, and Houston.

    Great galloping guano, Houston? The only reason I could think of to leave Dallas and go to Houston would be that they were sentenced to do time there.

    Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He was born in Houston, but please, don’t tell anyone.