Finance / Home & Family

What the Top 5 States People Are Moving From Have in Common

real-estate (11)From – thedailysignal.com – By Salim Furth

Americans are moving to places with affordable costs of living and strong labor markets (or good retirement communities). The top destination states of 2015 could hardly be more different geographically and culturally: Oregon and South Carolina. What they have in common is that both states are relatively affordable places to live.

The data on moving comes from United Van Lines, which ranks the states based on the proportion of interstate moves that were inbound or outbound.

In Oregon, 69 percent of moves were inbound. The state with the worst ratio was New Jersey, from which 67 percent of moves were outbound.

The top five outbound states of 2015 were:

  1. New Jersey
  2. New York
  3. Illinois
  4. Connecticut
  5. Ohio

In metro Portland, Ore., the average owner-occupied home cost $305,402 in 2013, compared to $380,420 in Seattle or a budget-busting $730,156 in San Francisco. But even in Portland there is room for improvement: Easing regulation a bit could make the average house $39,000 more affordable.

In South Carolina, homes are even cheaper, with free-market competition keeping the price of a new home close to the actual construction cost.

Where urban and suburban land use regulation is modest, builders can meet demand with new supply. In places like San Francisco and Boston that lack that flexibility, people leave despite those cities’ high wages and dynamic economies.

Moving patterns show how important cost of living is to American families. With perfect weather and a booming, high-tech economy, California ought to be the #1 destination. Instead, more moving trucks are leaving the state than entering.

The top five inbound states of 2015 were:

  1. Oregon
  2. South Carolina
  3. Vermont
  4. Idaho
  5. North Carolina

Policymakers can lower the cost of living by removing unnecessary regulations and licensure requirements, streamlining bureaucracy, and ending protections that have been granted to favored industries.


If You Enjoy Articles Like This - Subscribe to the AMAC Daily Newsletter
and Download the AMAC News App

Sign Up Today Download

If You Enjoy Articles Like This - Subscribe to the AMAC Daily Newsletter!


Subscribe
Notify of
14 Comments
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Sandy
6 years ago

But those regulations you refer to preserve quality of life. Those states experiencing all the influx are going to be sorry if they don’t make growth pay its own way (such as by covering infrastructure costs).

Mel
6 years ago
Reply to  Sandy

Gosh Sandy, hard to guess you are from California???

Sandy
6 years ago
Reply to  Mel

Mel – I’m from Virginia in one of the fastest growing communities in the country. Our governing body has planned poorly for the infrastructure needed to serve all the new residents!

typopete
6 years ago

There is another big reason why people leave northern states — WEATHER. Until you can factor for this variable these comparisons are meaningless.

Survivor-brain cancer
6 years ago

I’d like to move out of PA, Philly the democratic craphole weighs most of the votes, when a huge part of the state is Republican. That’s crap.

Carlos
6 years ago

There are other reasons people are moving to and from certain States. I left MD for VA because of the political climate. The fact that I saved almost $4,000 on taxes during the first HALF YEAR alone was just a bonus I had not counted on. I would never move back to MD even if they lowered their taxes. For one thing, their crime rates are much higher plus that is one of the most oppressive States I have ever lived in. The only reason I even drive there is because I still have family living there.

J
6 years ago

I disagree with this article. Oregon and Vermont…inbound?? I don’t think so. A family member works for a moving company in SoCal and the MAJORITY of their moves are to Texas, personal and business both. And no, I don’t live it Texas.

Steven
6 years ago
Reply to  J

I and my friends are leaving Texas and other states for Weather, yes, but also for economic climate, and certainly NOT LEAST for more favorable political climate towards legal recreational and medicinal use of cannabis. At our age I see no reason for us to needlessly suffer out our remaining days in FASCIST America any longer.

Paule
6 years ago

Vermont and Oregon are hardly examples of low taxes or low regulations.

Ruel D
6 years ago
Reply to  Paule

Paule,
Got to agree with you there. This article is a crock. Although I agree with the author’s premise that less regulation would make a state more citizen friendly, getting data from United Van Lines is hardly the way to go about making that point. Once I read that, I could hardly take this thing seriously. How about using the census data to make your point?

PaulE
6 years ago
Reply to  Ruel D

Exactly. Very poor example of what is supposed to investigational and educational journalism. Waste of space.

Ruel D
6 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

Thanks, Paul

Steven
6 years ago
Reply to  Paule

I and my friends are leaving Texas and other states for Weather, yes, but also for economic climate, and certainly NOT LEAST for more favorable political climate towards legal recreational and medicinal use of cannabis. At our age I see no reason for us to needlessly suffer out our remaining days in FASCIST America any longer.

Ruel D
6 years ago
Reply to  Steven

Steven,
Might want to rethink that move. I don’t smoke it myself, but as a true conservative, I would never tell another grown human being what he could put into his body. I think that the war on drugs is as big an atrocity as the witch hunt for tobacco. I believe that the wars on drugs and poverty are political ploys to try to gather the unity that WWII gave the “greatest” generation. “I declare war on drugs. Come on everybody, let’s get together and get these darn things off the streets.” How HAS that worked out? It has also been a great excuse to shove a whole bunch of draconian laws down our throats for the sake of keeping our kids off drugs. I do think that the people of this country are wising up and that you will see legalized marijuana in TX fairly soon. You may not be too happy moving to one of the states that have legalized weed. California hasn’t legalized the herb yet, but many people are moving away from there because of their FASCIST approach to law abiding citizens owning a gun for self protection.

14
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x