Over the last few years, the public perception of Oklahoma has varied greatly between individuals. Odds are, depending on your political affiliation, you're in one of two main camps... You either believe our state is good or bad, but it has little to do with your own experience.

For years you and I have talked about how the internet and social media are the places where people go to embellish their feelings to extract hollow empathy from total strangers. It can be someone taking a terrible tragedy and making it all about themselves--"In the midst of this tragedy, think of me..." or people showing blind support for headline politics move just to be part of whatever culture they lean toward.

It's literally just the digital, modern-day equivalent of when our grandparents would say "Well, back in my day....."

Angry senior man with arms crossed against white background

That being said if you've spent enough time on the different social media platforms, most young and left-leaning people of this state overwhelmingly think Okies should and are leaving the Sooner State in droves due to some of the issues our state is struggling with.

The view from the inside looking out is often clouded by one of the oldest proverbs... that the grass is greener on the other side.

While Okies have moved to all corners of the country, Texas is the view out of most windows, the numbers just don't support the accepted perception.

Rural Texas bluebonnets and sunflowers at sunrise

According to the statistics, around 24,000 Oklahomans have moved to the Lone Star State over the last year. Whether it was a call to jobs in the Permian Basin, better pay in education, total earnings potential, or the longing for a bigger city, that's quite a few Okies that opted to transplant and adopt the Texan title.

You read that and you automatically assume Oklahoma is shrinking... but that isn't the case at all.

Believe it or not, in that same period of time over 26,000 Texans moved here in the Sooner State.

"What? Why would Texans want to move to Oklahoma?"

It is a little curious, especially since I think it's fair to say most people have at least once had an ideal life in any of the legendary Texas towns or regions, but perception is rarely reality, right?

What you may not know is this... Texas is currently having an identity crisis, and it's due to a massive influx of people from different political climates, most notably Californians.

If the lingering purple status of a traditionally federally conservative base in the last presidential election wasn't enough to turn tails, perhaps the skyrocketing price of real estate is. Texas prices are dirt-cheap compared to California, but that bubble has grown to the point even Californians are looking to relocate yet again.

Finished Tract homes in Northern California
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