Most of the ten states in America residents want to flee most have one thing in common, and we can’s say we’re surprised.
Forbes has a slideshow from the moving company United Van Lines running down the ten states that had the highest percentage of people moving to other states in 2017:
1) Illinois – 8,157 total moves, 63.4% of which are moving out2) New Jersey – 4,723 total moves – 62.9% moving out3) New York – 8,381 total moves – 60.6% moving out4) Connecticut – 2,866 total moves – 57.1% moving out5) Kansas – 2,370 total moves – 56.7% moving out6) Massachusetts – 4,567 total moves – 56.3% moving out7) Ohio – 6,684 total moves – 56.2% moving out8) Kentucky – 2,837 total moves – 57% moving out9) Utah – 2,118 total moves – 55.7% moving out10) Wisconsin – 3,285 total moves – 54.5% moving out
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At Townhall, Rachel Alexander notes that the majority of these states are decidedly blue — and that the people leaving them are headed to red states instead:
The top 10 states people are moving to include the red states Idaho, South Dakota, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Nevada and Colorado (the last two are purplish states). Only three solidly blue states made the list, Vermont, Oregon and Washington. In 2017, Vermont slipped, with its inbound and outbound moving becoming about equal. Notably, all three of those states used to be much more moderate, only turning blue within the past 25 years or so. Longtime residents in Washington and Oregon regularly rant about Californians taking over their states and turning them blue. People in Vermont complain about Democrats from Massachusetts and New York moving into their state. The bluer those three states become, the fewer people will move there as we’re already seeing with Vermont.
Last week, CBS in San Francisco reported that the number of people leaving the Bay Area reached its highest level in more than a decade. Topping the list of reasons for moving was the high cost of housing. Democrats are more reluctant than Republicans to allow permits for homebuilding, and pile on regulations.
Adams goes on to note that the same pattern holds for cities. Houston, San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Chicago, Houston, Detroit, Dayton, and Milwaukee are the ten most departed cities, while folks are most moving to Phoenix, Atlanta, Dallas, Nashville, Tampa, Miami, San Diego, Sacramento, Boston, and Las Vegas.
The biggest reason for relocation is a change in job, followed by economic concerns such as housing costs and retirement. And how conservative or liberal a state is ties directly into those considerations:
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The conservative American Legislative Exchange Council ranks states according to their economic performance. Many of the states that people are moving to are ranked toward the top. Seven are red states and one is purple. Many of the most common states that people are moving out of are clustered around the bottom of the list. The bottom 10 include Ohio, New Jersey, Illinois, Connecticut and Wisconsin.
People are leaving Los Angeles in droves, and blue California was ranked the last state in the country for business 12 years in a row, according to Chief Executive magazine’s annual Best and Worst States for Business survey of CEOs. Red Texas ranked number one the past 12 years. One CEO complained in the survey, “States like California just don’t get it. At the rate they are going, who’s going to pay the bills with such an anti-business, leftist government and businesses leaving every month for Arizona and Washington state?” California has the highest state income tax in the country. The survey also noted that the bottom 10 states are not right-to-work states, but most of the top 10 are.
Thanks to the genius of federalism, Americans are not doomed to settle for a state whose policies are detrimental to their prosperity. No wonder Democrats want Washington DC to take more decisions away from the states every day.
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