As with many of you, I was born and raised in Texas. I wouldn't have it any other way. Although my job has taken me to other states, I moved back as quickly as I could. There's just no other place that quite has the swagger and feels that Texas does. There are a bunch of reasons to stay put right here in the Lone Star State. The lifestyle does it for me. Wide-open spaces with plenty to see and explore. The people are down-home and the food is delicious.

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However, the state is not for everybody. People move in and out of Texas every day. I can certainly see the draw but I was curious to find out folks' major reasons for leaving Texas. United Van Lines does a study every year on the inbound and outbound moves. Read ahead as we take a look at the top five reasons why people are leaving Texas, according to United Van Lines.

LOOK: 5 REASONS WHY PEOPLE ARE LEAVING TEXAS

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Cost of Living
1.50%

I get it. Living isn't cheap. However, only a small amount of outbound traffic is due to cost.


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Lifestyle
9.90%

Sometimes the Texas lifestyle just isn't for everybody.


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Retirement
11.70%

Retiring in Texas would be just fine with me. However, other folks may want that change of scenery and climate.


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Family
27.20%

I can certainly understand why the percentage is higher here. Family is important and sometimes you just have to be close.


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Job
31.20%

Indeed, employment is huge. This is the number one reason folks move out of Texas.

Is the top reason what you thought it was? Health was the only remaining category with 5.10% of people claiming it was the reason for their move. Overall Texas remained a neutral state with comparable inbound and outbound moves. Other states had more of a drastic difference. Check out the interactive map from the United Van Lines study.

How Can I Make Moving Easier? Here are 10 Ways

I recently helped relocate my girlfriend from a 3-story, 4-bedroom, finished-basement home to a 2-bedroom, 1-butt kitchen apartment. It. Was. Not. Fun.

This is not the first time that we have moved her and it won’t be the last. The good thing about the moves so far is this: we are getting better at it.

The past 3 moves have been from a smaller-to-bigger place, so this move from a bigger-to-a-smaller place has been the most challenging. Again, we learn a little bit more each time we move her.

Through the moves, we have learned some ways to make moving a bit easier.

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