DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – According to new census figures, Texas led the country in terms of population growth last year.
Overall, more people have moved to Florida. But Texas’ net population grew further, thanks to a combination of new births and moving boxes. And there are plenty.
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“I arrived on Sunday evening around 10pm,” laughs the new Texan Corey Brohl. “So fairly new. “
Brohl is so new to North Texas that he admits he’s seen most of it from the freeway, and yes, even that has been an adjustment.
“Overwhelming! The roads are all very big and very fast,” Brohl explains. “As the exit ramps are at 70 mph on another freeway – it’s a big change from Charleston, SC.”
Brohl is leaving the Navy, adding to the growing transplant population in Texas. He says the salaries and benefits of companies in other states do not compare. And he also looked at the strength of the economy in the years to come.
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“Everything looks very solid here,” explains Brohl. “Lots of growth opportunities, lots of solid foundations for someone to start over.”
Mike Davis, as an economist at SMU’s Cox School of Business, says that despite congestion and stiff competition for housing, population growth is good for the Texas economy, but the newly created Texans in benefit the most.
“Because they come for a reason, don’t they?” They want the best jobs, they want nice homes that are like affordable, and everything Texas has to offer, ”says Professor Davis. But he also adds that long-time people will benefit as well.
“You know, the quality of our lives in general is going to improve. We are going to have more opportunities for our children. We’re going to have more cultural and social opportunities, which will be fantastic. Yeah, I guess, nothing is clearly good, right? There will always be a downside. And you can always find a weirdo at Christmas who’ll say ‘bah humbug’. But I’m not going to be that guy.
So, Davis’s suggestion? Embrace the many new neighbors and all they bring to the state.
“I think, you know, cook yourself a big barbecue and invite them over, then just enjoy their company!” “
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So, Corey Brohl, thank you for your service. And know that North Texas is rolling out the welcome mat – and the grill.