TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - For apartment renters looking to move away from Dallas, the most popular outbound search destination is Tyler, a new apartment list report says. Developer Will Hersey explains what is bringing people in.
“One, cost of living, two, as far as our tax structure from a community standpoint as well as an overall Texas standpoint is way more attractive than say a west coast and an east coast,” Hersey said.
Stephanie Franklin is the managing director of culture, recreation, and tourism for the city of Tyler and says the small town feel of the city is attractive to people from bigger cities like Dallas.
“It has that sense of community. You know people when you go to the grocery store, you still see people when you’re downtown doing business or at the courthouse, so it still provides that sense of community for people I think and I think that’s what attracts people to Tyler,” Franklin said.
New apartments are going up right now in midtown Tyler, giving workers at nearby hospitals the option to live near work. A few miles down the road in downtown Tyler, new townhomes and apartments are in the works. Hersey is working on multiple projects in Downtown and says the demand for housing from people moving to Tyler is real.
“Just in the Downtown Tyler area, there’s an increased demand of just roughly 575 new households or doors, apartment doors, until we hit capacity,” Hersey said.
With more people choosing to make Tyler home, Franklin says the city has an important task. Making Tyler feel like home.
“We’re trying to maintain that sense of community and that beauty, and I think that’s one of the most important things we have to consider with growth,” Franklin said.