Monday, January 5, 2009

Texans - comin' and goin'

Look who's moving to Colorado
Motor vehicle data show Californians, Texans, Arizonans

copied from article in Rocky Mountain News, January 5, 2009 - by Hector Gutierrez

There have been too many fires in California or too much hot weather in Arizona and Texas. Could be Colorado's quality of life or attractive real estate are drawing newcomers.

Whatever the reason, those are the three top states for new Colorado residents, according to data obtained from the state's Division of Motor Vehicles.

Not surprisingly, Californians continued to lead the charge of Go east, young man, go east, according to DMV statistics.

In 2006, more than 22,000 former California titles and tags were exchanged for Colorado plates. Last year, that number dropped to 21,274. In 2008, a little more than 18,800 California titles and plates were recorded by the DMV.

More than 12,800 Texan vehicle owners got their Colorado plates in 2006, and a little more than 13,100 in 2007. In 2008, 12,285 Texas car owners obtained their Colorado tags.

Vehicle titles and tags from Arizona placed third among the 50 states, according to the motor vehicles division, which is part of the Colorado Department of Revenue.

Officials from the motor vehicles division cautioned that the data likely are somewhat skewed because they don't indicate how long vehicle owners actually had lived in the state before they turned in their former titles and tags for new Colorado plates.