Texans explain why they’re considering leaving the state – mySA

Texans far and wide have always been loud about their love for the Lone Star State. That pride is no doubt part of the Texan experience, one that is hard to resist and often eventually adopted by transplants who can’t help but love living in Texas.

Note: For privacy reasons some of the people mentioned in this article have requested only their first names be published

Carrie is excited to raise her son in a city with much milder temperatures than in Texas.

Carrie is excited to raise her son in a city with much milder temperatures than in Texas.

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San Antonio to Portland

For San Antonio native Carrie, moving away from Texas wasn’t as difficult as it may be for others. For quite some time before she finally moved away, she said the decision to leave Texas became more and more clear.

Ultimately, Carrie says it was the state’s extreme heat that made her and her husband flee the Lone Star State.

“I’ve had the opportunity to travel throughout my life so I certainly have seen different cultures,” she says, adding that she lived in California for a year during college and in Colorado for about six months.

Yet after spending most of her life in San Antonio, Carrie said goodbye to the Alamo City and moved to Portland, Oregon in August 2020.

“I’d go to H-E-B and see my third grade teacher,” she admits. “There’s definitely none of that when you move to a new, random city.”

The choice of where to relocate was pretty apparent to Carrie, who grew up in Alamo Heights. After honeymooning in Seattle and Vancouver nearly a decade ago, Carrie and her husband returned to vacation in the Pacific Northwest multiple times, particularly enjoying their time outdoors.

So when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, it was especially rough on the couple and their 15-month-old son.

“It was so miserable being outside with the baby in the heat,” she says. “We just got so stir crazy.”

Soon after, Carrie says she started looking for jobs in the Pacific Northwest. Now, the 32-year-old is enjoying her role as a marketing manager in Portland.

“I work in beer and this is kind of a mecca for my career out here,” she says.

Even though she was born and raised in San Antonio, Carrie says leaving the Alamo City doesn’t mean she’s far away from family.

“My son has his two aunts three hours away,” she says, noting that two of her sisters live in Seattle.

But perhaps best of all, Carrie is eager to further build out her life in Portland, where she says she’s 45 minutes away from the mountains and an hour and a half away from the ocean.

She says, “It’s just a place where I’m excited to raise a family with that outdoors activity lifestyle.”

Corrin Foster is ready for her move to Charleston, South Carolina.

Corrin Foster is ready for her move to Charleston, South Carolina.

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Austin to Charleston

After living in Austin for more than a decade, Corrin Foster, a native of Chicago, is ready to say goodbye to Texas’ capital.

“The reason I initially moved to Austin certainly was to get away from Chicago winters, but it offered an opportunity to purchase a home and potentially set out in a city that was up and coming,” she tells MySA. “We certainly didn’t realize at the time how quickly Austin was growing.”

Foster moved to Austin in 2010 and hoped to buy a home with her then-husband. They weren’t able to purchase back then and Foster wasn’t able to more recently on her own.

“At the beginning of the pandemic I attempted to buy a house and was just immediately shut out,” the 42-year-old says. “I make a decent living for a single woman. Everyone was coming in with cash offers over asking price and it’s just really hard to compete with that.”

Foster, who is a senior director within the world of publishing, has decided it’s time to head out of Texas. While she’s thought about leaving the state for some time, noting housing prices, Texas’ electrical grid, and political issues as her main concerns, Foster says it was a new job opportunity that made her ready to move on.

Within the next two months, she’ll be relocating to Charleston, South Carolina.

“Ultimately I would really love to be a homeowner and it wasn’t really in the cards in Austin unless I moved quite a bit out of the city limits, which I wasn’t willing to do,” she says. “I got the same feeling when I first visited Charleston as the first time I visited Austin,” she admits. “I feel like Charleston is one of the next Austins.”

Foster says that even with the job opportunity, she was still mindful of the pros and cons of leaving Texas, especially for another conservative state.

“Just as a woman, I currently have more rights in South Carolina than I do in Texas,” she says. “There is a purple wave coming to South Carolina just as there is to Texas. I’m hoping to be part of that.”

Now, she knows that she wants to buy a home and be part of the Charleston community sooner than she was in Austin.

“It’s exciting, almost like I get a little bit of a do-over,” she says.

Ben is living his best life in Los Angeles, finding success in the music industry less than a year after moving to California.

Ben is living his best life in Los Angeles, finding success in the music industry less than a year after moving to California.

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San Antonio to Los Angeles

A native of Texas’ Brazoria County, Ben lived in San Antonio for 10 years before he chose to move on from the Alamo City. In November 2021, he moved out west with his fiance and their baby girl.

Ben, 26, says the idea of leaving Texas first came up a few years prior to the move.

“It didn’t hurt to want to leave,” he admits. “A lot of it had to do with the changing cultural aspects of Texas, just being a solidly red state during the Trump administration.”

With his career as a musician and record producer in mind, the young family landed in Los Angeles. Despite being in Southern California for less than a year, he says the move is paying off already.

“It’s been really rewarding,” he says. “Even in the short amount of time, I’ve found a lot of work pretty quickly in my field and just a lot of opportunities that definitely never presented themselves to me in the 10 years of doing this back home.”

No matter where he lives, Ben says his heart will always be in the Lone Star State.

“Texas is always going to be home,” he says. “I definitely miss H-E-B more than I ever thought I would. It really makes you believe that no store does more.”


Blanca and her husband are happy and building a new life in Seattle, Washington.

Blanca and her husband are happy and building a new life in Seattle, Washington.

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San Antonio to Seattle

For other native Texans, a single issue prompted a move away from home. Blanca, who lived in multiple cities throughout the state, says the last few years caused a “trifecta” that prompted her and her husband to call it quits on Texas.

“I’m a second-generation Texan and it means a lot for me to be from there,” she says. “I’ve always thought I’d live [in San Antonio] for a really long time.”

Born in Houston and primarily raised in Pleasanton south of San Antonio, Blanca says she moved to the Alamo City for college and began to build a life here. However, she says the idea of leaving the city and Texas altogether began as a thought in the back of her head when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

She and her husband, who was furloughed at the time, quickly realized how adaptable they were, making changes to their finances and acknowledging the priorities in their lives. When the winter storm of 2021 came the following year, the thought of leaving Texas grew louder.

“That was very difficult to navigate. I think it was pretty traumatic for everybody who lived through that and not just because it was cold,” she says, recalling her thoughts on how the state leaders were handling the event. “Maybe things will start being put into place to prevent this from happening in the future.”

The 33-year-old was disappointed when Governor Abbott and the Texas GOP focused on women’s health instead of improving the state’s power grid and infrastructure.

“That’s when I was like, ‘Why am I living here?’” she remembers asking herself. “I started to feel real concern for my future as a person who can get pregnant. It was kind of like the final nail in the coffin.”

It’s also when she and her husband started to joke about leaving the Lone Star State.

Eventually, Blanca says she admitted to herself that she wanted a change in her career and decided to browse job openings. On a whim, she applied for a position in Seattle not thinking she would get an offer. She was wrong.

“It became very real,” she says, recalling a conversation with her husband when they asked themselves if they were “really going to do this.”

For the last seven months, Blanca says they have been enjoying their new life in Seattle.

“Things aren’t perfect anywhere,” she admits. “But there are things here that make it really nice to live here instead of Texas.”

She says it’s difficult being far away from friends and loved ones in San Antonio, but it helps that she and her husband are making friends in their new home.

“I just knew in my heart that it was something if I didn’t take a chance on I would always regret,” she says. “I don’t know that I’ll ever move back, honestly.”

Texas is forever – leaving it doesn’t have to be

The Texans I talked to had a mix of reasons for moving away from home, but most of them had a similar piece of advice, a proposed mentality almost, for those also considering the move.

“Don’t be afraid to take that leap,” Blanca says, admitting that having a plan makes the move easier. “You can always return. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that.”

“Nothing is permanent,” Foster says.

“Just go for it. There’s nothing that says you can’t move back,” Carrie says. “You can always move back. You can always move somewhere else. I don’t think you’re ever going to regret that as an experience.”

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