The majority of San Antonio millennials stay close to home, a new study shows – San Antonio Express-News

When it comes to San Antonians settling down in young adulthood, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. 

The U.S. Census Bureau and Harvard University recently conducted a study using census, survey and tax data to track the migration of young adults based on where they lived at age 16 and where they resided at age 26. The study included those born between 1984 and 1992.

It found that 75% of San Antonio 16-year-olds still lived here when they turned 26. Nationwide, only 54% continued to reside in their hometown.

In Brownsville and Laredo, nearly 90% of young adults in the area are from their respective cities. 

San Antonio is also the third-most popular city for Hispanics born between 1984 and 1992, according to the report.

About 3.1% of young Hispanic people nationwide moved from their respective hometowns to San Antonio. Los Angeles and New York City attracted the highest percentages of young Hispanic transplants, with 5.2% and 3.2% moving to those cities, respectively. 

Throughout the U.S., Black and Hispanic people, as well as those with lower-income parents, tend to stay close to where they lived when they were 16, the study found.

Who’s moving to San Antonio?

According to the data, the young adult population in San Antonio has grown to include new residents from a variety of cities across the U.S., including 18% from other cities in Texas and 16% from out-of-state areas such as Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C. 

However, the young adult population here is still overwhelmingly made up of San Antonio natives, at 66%.



Where are San Antonians moving to?

About 13% of San Antonio’s young adults moved elsewhere in Texas, with nearly 4% moving to Austin. The average San Antonian moved 155 miles away from home, which is less than the national average of 181 miles.

Roughly 11% of the age group who left San Antonio moved to cities such as Los Angeles, New York or Seattle. 



Following the study’s trend, around 82% of San Antonio’s young adults who grew up with an income level in the bottom 20% stayed in the city. In contrast, only about 59% of young adults whose parents were in the top 20% of income brackets remained here.



The majority of Hispanic individuals — 84% — remained in San Antonio, while 71% of Black young adults and 62% of Asian and white individuals continued living in the city.



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