Voting With Their Feet

The so-called "progressives" love to talk about how their policies will create a worker’s paradise, but then why is it that day after day, month after month, year after year, people are fleeing liberal blue states for conservative red states? -Stephen Moore

Millions of Americans fled Democratic-run states and flocked to Republican-run states in 2021, the Census Bureau reported...

  Not surprisingly, New York experienced the second-largest decline in population (1.6 percent), followed by Illinois (0.9 percent), Hawaii (0.7 percent), and California (0.7 percent), where crime and homelessness are out of control in Democratic-run cities...

  By contrast, nearly all of the states that boasted a significant increase in population last year were solidly Republican. Utah's population grew by 1.7 percent, as did Montana's. South Carolina grew by 1.2 percent, followed by Texas (1.1 percent), and Florida (1 percent).

-Andrew Stiles, "Americans Fled Blue States for Red States in Massive Numbers in 2021" Go To Site

Celebrities like Joe Rogan, Ben Shapiro, and Elon Musk have fled California for greener pastures in recent years, making headlines.

  But it's not just individuals: According to a Stanford study, more businesses have already fled the Golden State or partially relocated out of California in 2021 than in all of 2020, including big names such as Nestle, Toyota, Snowflake, and Hewlett-Packard.

-Brad Polumbo Go To Site

Florida was the No. 1 relocation destination for Americans in 2020, according to New York and California took first and second place in the contest for which states had the most people choosing to leave.

-Patricia Tolson Go To Site

For the first time in 170 years, California has lost congressional representation because of a diminishing population...

  It’s not hard to understand why California lost a congressional seat – and representation in Congress – while Florida and Texas picked up congressional seats.

-Victoria Taft Go To Site

2021: Blue To Red Exodus

Americans Voting With Their Feet


Americans are moving from high-tax, forced-unionism, business-unfriendly blue states like CA and NY with high housing costs to low-tax, right-to-work, economically vibrant, business-friendly red states with lower housing costs like FL and TX.

-Mark Perry

Democrat, Liberal, Crime, Incompetence

Five years after leaving South Shore, Jason and Jennifer Parks are convinced the decision to move their family to northwest Indiana was the right one.

  As Chicago continues to struggle to contain violent crime, the Parkses said they appreciate the town of St. John’s slower pace. The four-bedroom home they had built on a wide lot in Lake County provides space, security and the community kinship they were searching for.

  The family is among thousands of Black Cook County residents who left the city for other states during the past decade, according to recent census data. The so-called reverse migration out of Chicago has continued, lowering the city’s Black population by about 10%.

Democrat, Liberal, Crime, Degeneracy, Economy, Vandalism, Jobs, Theft

Throughout the pandemic, we've heard Portland city leaders talk about how they're tackling the city's most significant issues, including homelessness and crime, but few are willing to set a timetable.

  For one business owner in North Portland, it's already too late. Tom Leaptrott owns a steel forging operation in Cathedral Park. He closed the shop ten months ago. The buoy swivels used by the Coast Guard and the decommissioned drill presses will be gone in 30 days, either scrapped or moved to his new location in Southwest Washington. It's something the Portland-native says he never imagined would happen.

  "We've owned Columbia Forge for over 20 years. It's been here for 70 years," said Leaptrott. "We had to move out because of, basically, a lack of leadership from City Hall and the inability to stop crime and enforce trespass and make it livable."...

  "The last year, it's really gotten bad," said Leaptrott. "They're trying to steal metals and all sorts of things, and they break in just to vandalize sometimes. It's really, really awful."

Democrat, Liberal, Incompetence, Financial, Oops

IRS data tracking state-to-state migration shows that blue states saw a net outflow of hundreds of thousands of taxpayers who took nearly $27 billion in taxable gross income with them to red states.

  The most recent IRS migration data shows that in the years 2017-2018, a net 399,892 taxpayers and their dependents left blue states—in this case defined as those in which both the state House and Senate are Democrat-controlled...

  Democrat-controlled California (167,563), New York (153,970), and Illinois (82,107) accounted for the bulk of the exodus, followed by New Jersey (26,853), Massachusetts (26,086), and Maryland (15,916).

  The top beneficiary of the blue state outflow was GOP-controlled Texas, which saw a net inflow of 114,818 taxpayers and their dependents, along with a gross income boost of nearly $4 billion.

Democrat, Liberal, Crime, Government, Incompetence, Degeneracy, Oops, Economy

California’s population dropped in 2020 for the first time in the state’s recorded history. The Golden State lost 182,083 people in 2020, according to data from the state Department of Finance... the U.S. Census Bureau announced California would lose a congressional seat because of the unprecedented low growth rate...

  California has experienced an exodus of residents leaving for other states in the last three decades. The high tax burden, regulation, cost of living, housing prices, and homelessness have been cited as the problems motivating many to flee the state.

Start spreadin’ the news, they’re leavin’ today!

  However, the people packing their bags are not coming to New York City — they’re fleeing it for good.

  Due to increasingly squalid conditions on the Upper West Side, including two new homeless shelters packed with junkies and registered sex offenders, longtime dwellers are departing the Big Apple with no plans to ever return.

-Doree Lewak
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Liberal, Incompetence, Oops

A great many San Francisco residents moved out of the city over the last two years with a significant numbers of them heading to more conservative localities in Florida and Texas, new data shows.

  Of all the major U.S. cities, the home to Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) topped the charts for losing the most residents in 2019 and 2020, according to a study conducted by the CBRE Group, a Dallas-based commercial realty firm.

  The study found that in 2020, a whopping 18 residents per 1,000 left the city, doubling 2019's rate of 9 residents per 1,000. The mass exodus from San Francisco was clearly part of a trend over the last couple years as several other liberal metropolitan areas such as New York City, Boston, and Seattle followed behind.

2021: Voting With Their Feet

Democrat Leadership Failure


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Liberal, Government, Incompetence

A Minneapolis manufacturing company has decided to leave the city, with the company’s owner saying he can’t trust public officials who allowed his plant to burn during the recent riots. The move will cost the city about 50 jobs.

  “They don’t care about my business,” said Kris Wyrobek, president and owner of 7-Sigma Inc., which has operated since 1987 at 2843 26th Av. in south Minneapolis. “They didn’t protect our people. We were all on our own.” ...

  Shortly after the riots, Gov. Tim Walz described the city’s response as an “abject failure.”

Democrat, Liberal, Government, Incompetence, Narrative, Oops, Economy, Jobs

2019: The tidal wave of Californians headed to Texas shows no sign of slowing, with almost 700,000 leaving the Golden State last year. More than 86,000 of those California expats came to Texas, according to a new report by Yardi Systems.

  “Texas takes second place on the podium among the most popular states for moving to in 2018, with almost 564,000 newcomers,” the report said...

  Most of Texas’ newcomers are moving for jobs. Texas’ employment base has grown by almost 300,000 jobs in the last year.
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Liberal, Government, Incompetence, Degeneracy, Oops, Economy

Tom and Micki Brizes are packing up and moving their small business out of Southern California to what they say is the more business-friendly state of Texas.

  "We're excited," says Tom Brizes of Aeromax. Aeromax has been in business for 32 years, mostly selling airline parts for military aircraft. The Brizes have been running Aeromax in Canoga Park for years, but say the cost of doing business in California is just too high.

  They're moving Aeromax and most of its employees to Fort Worth, Texas. "There's so much regulation, that we really need to be in a place that allows our small business to grow and I feel that Texas will do that for us," says Micki Brizes.

About a 60-minute drive northeast of Washington D.C., the city of Baltimore is on the verge of collapse.

  Thousands of people are fleeing the city each year as total population plummets to 100-year lows. There are about 46,000 vacant rowhomes scattered throughout the area, or roughly 15% of the housing stock is dormant. On a per capita basis, the city has the highest rate of homicides per 100,000 in the country...

  New evidence from ADT security study that examined FBI statistics shows the town is now the "most robbed" city in America.

-Tyler Durden Go To Site

The mother of soak-the-rich Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she was forced to flee the Big Apple and move to Florida because the property taxes were so high.

  “I was paying $10,000 a year in real estate taxes up north. I’m paying $600 a year in Florida. It’s stress-free down here,” Blanca Ocasio-Cortez told the Daily Mail from her home in Eustis, a town of less than 20,000 in central Florida north of Orlando.

Democrat Mission Accomplished: Minneapolis...

  Minneapolis is my home. My happiest memories are here. It’s where I learned to ride a bike, had my first date, received my high school diploma.

   But today, I’m too afraid to even walk in my neighborhood by myself.

   The ACE Hardware down the street? The one that I used to bike to in the summer? Robbed twice in the past five days. The Walgreens next to my elementary school? Molotov cocktail thrown into it...

   We lived under a curfew for days while looters seemingly roamed freely. Friends fled their home at 3:30 a.m. because the auto parts store behind them was on fire. And then we watched in horror as our City Council members demanded that the city defund the police — as they hired armed security for themselves.

   I no longer recognize Minneapolis. I no longer want to live here. We are done, and I am leaving.

Democrat, Liberal, Tax, Hate, Violence, Incompetence, Character, Financial, Threats, Oops, Academia, Video, Regulation

The United States Census Bureau released its annual state-by-state population estimates for 2018 in late December. It highlights migration trends across the states and sketches a picture of looming political changes that will take place after the complete census of 2020.

  Idaho, Nevada, Utah and Arizona led the way this past year in overall population growth as a percentage of population. Once again, Texas and Florida were the big winners in overall population gains, with the Lone Star State gaining more than 379,000 residents from 2017-18 and the Sunshine State posting a gain of more than 322,000.

  The big net losers from the report were New York, which lost a total of 48,510 residents, and Illinois, which lost 45,116.

Liberal, Tax, Government, Incompetence, Financial, Regulation

Last year, three states in the Northeast — New Jersey, New York and Connecticut — landed in the top five places people were moving out of fastest, according to 2017 data from United Van Lines...

  The Northeastern exodus is particularly acute in many big cities like New York City. Since 2010, more than 1 million people have moved from the New York area — which includes parts of New Jersey, Connecticut and Long Island — to other parts of the country...

  Many companies are setting up shop in warm and less expensive places, which means that people pondering getting out of the Northeast can now find work. Texas, for example, has seen massive job growth since the recession...

Liberal, Incompetence, Financial, Oops

Illinois isn't the only state dealing with financial headaches these days. Connecticut, too, is facing big budget problems as major corporations flee the state's high taxes and its fiscal future gets murkier by the day.

  While Illinois is facing the possibility its credit rating hitting "junk" status, Connecticut has the distinction of the third-worst ratings in the country -- behind Illinois and New Jersey...

  The state has been losing corporations crucial to its economy. Just last month, Aetna Inc. announced negotiations with several other states to move its corporate headquarters.

I used to say I'd never move to a red state. And then I did. And it's changed my life for the better.

Leaving The Pacific Northwest...

  By July we decided it was time to start looking at moving to another state. Washington was being strangled not just from COVID policies, but leftist ideology more broadly. Leftist control was affecting in everything from taxes to the explosion of homelessness and rampant drug addiction, to riots and defunding the police, to indoctrination in the public schools.

France lost 10,000 millionaires last year. Meanwhile, Chicago is losing more millionaires than any other U.S. city. And the University of Missouri just closed two more dorms — for a total of four shut down this spring — because of plummeting enrollment.

  What do these things have in common? The consequences of giving in to leftist demands, instead of focusing on the basics.

-Glenn Reynolds Go To Site

Liberal, Tax, Government, Incompetence, Degeneracy, Oops, Economy, Regulation, Debt

Chicago was the only city among the nation's 20 largest to lose population in 2016 — and it lost nearly double the number of residents as the year before, according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau... Illinois' population fell by more than any other state in 2016, down 37,508 people, according to census data released in December...

  Chicago's population plunge continues to be a result, mostly, of losing residents to other states. About 89,547 residents left Chicago and its surrounding suburbs for other states in 2016...

  One of the bullets found its way into her living room, as she and her family ducked for cover. At that moment, she and her husband decided they were moving their family out of Oakland.

Democrat, Liberal, Narrative, Oops

Contrary to some reports, the people leaving California are not predominantly poor and uneducated. IRS data show that California’s outmigration between 2013 and 2014 was concentrated among middle-aged people with higher average incomes than households that stayed in California or moved there.

  This trend contrasts dramatically with Texas, arguably the state’s strongest economic competitor.

California is like living in an abusive relationship...

Being from California, especially Los Angeles, is like living in an abusive relationship. When you finally move out you never move back and all your friends ask "why did it take you so long?"

Liberal, Tax, Government, Incompetence, Oops

The 2016 National Movers Study by Fenton, Mo.- based United also found that almost 59 percent of the moves within the eastern United States were outbound... New Jersey and Illinois, like New York, saw outbound moves making up 63 percent of all moves.

Why is it some states continue to attract new residents, while others, year after year, lose residents? While people move for many reasons, there is a strong, positive relationship between a state’s economic competitiveness and its projected likelihood to gain residents.

  This relationship indicates how states experiencing higher population growth are generally the same states with lower tax and regulatory burdens, lower government debt and greater transparency and accountability for government spending.

Liberal, Election, Character, Crazy, Demagoguery, Academia

Between July 1, 2015, and July 1, 2016 Illinois lost more population than any other state, down by 37,508 residents... This population drop is fueled by the 114,144 residents who left to move to other states. That ranked number two behind only New York which lost 191,367 residents to other states. Since 2010, over 540,000 people have fled Illinois to other states, again, behind only New York, which has lost almost 847,000.

Time to move out of NYC...

 I've been living in New York City for about 10 years. It has definitely gotten worse and there's no end in sight.

 My favorite park is Madison Square Park. About a month ago a 19-year-old girl was shot and killed across the street.

 I don't think I have an answer but I do think it's clear: it's time to move out of NYC.

Across high-tax jurisdictions, productive citizens aren’t necessarily waiting for the turnaround.

This week a Journal editorial chronicled the stampede of residents headed to more favorable tax climes with faster-growing economies.

Among the biggest blue-state losers was Illinois, which had to say goodbye to residents generating at least $3 billion in adjusted gross income in each of the years from 2012 to 2015.

Eventually, city and state taxes, fees, and regulations become so burdensome that people and corporations jump ship.

  More people are currently fleeing New York than any other metropolitan area in the nation. More than 1 million people have moved out of the New York City metro area since 2010 in search of greener pastures, which amounts to a negative net migration rate of 4.4 percent...

  And make no mistake: What’s happening in the Big Apple is a microcosm of what’s happening in the nation’s blue states, cities and towns.

-Kristin Tate Go To Site

Liberal, Character, Tolerance, Elitism, Bigotry

Metallica frontman James Hetfield said last week that he moved from his long-time home in San Francisco, California because he could not handle the city’s “elitist attitude” anymore... Hetfield has lived in northern California for several decades but says he decided to leave because he is looked down upon by San Francisco residents, who are known for making up one of the most liberal communities in the country. Hetfield said he was viewed negatively for his lifestyle and political views, claiming the San Francisco Bay Area only accepts diversity if “you’re diverse like them.”

Hollywood: People don't feel safe any more...

"Liberal politics has destroyed this city. The homeless encampments are legal and there's nothing the police can do. White, affluent middle-class folk are getting out. People don't feel safe any more."

One-third of Bay Area residents were polled as hoping to leave the area soon. Such pessimism is daily fare, and for good reason.

  The basket of California state taxes -- sales, income and gasoline -- rates among the highest in the U.S. Yet California roads and K-12 education rank near the bottom.

Moving Away To Freedom...

I note that conservative activists are leaving California in ever-greater numbers, and while I understand the impulse that makes people want to stay and fight, I sympathize more with those who have given up California as a lost cause and just want to get back to living in freedom.

Democrat, Liberal, Tax, Government, Oops, Economy, Regulation, Jobs

Californians fled the state in unprecedented numbers over the last decade, and their primary destination was Texas, according to an analysis issued Monday. About 5 million Californians departed the Golden State between 2004 and 2013, while 3.9 million arrived from other states for a net population loss of roughly 1.1 million... Analysts blame a host of factors for the migration, starting with California’s high tax rate and cost of living.

Young People Are Leaving High-Tax States...

Leaving places that become unaffordable and inconvenient is a form of protest. And the problem isn’t limited to high-tax cities. Young people are also leaving high-tax states.

According to research from the Cato Institute, in 2016 all but one of the 25 highest-taxes states experienced a net loss of population. Comparatively, the 17 lowest-taxes states experienced a net increase.

Democrat, Liberal, Tax, Incompetence, Financial, Oops

Taxpaying New Yorkers are leaving in droves for other states. In 2014, 126,000 tax filers fled to other places in the US — more people than in any other state, according to a study posted on The Empire State also lost the most “high earners,” who reported making more than $200,000 a year.

Among the wealthiest in the United States, Connecticut has been strained by already high taxes, outmigration, falling revenues and $50 billion of unfunded pension liabilities.

Liberal, Tax, Government, Incompetence, Financial, Oops, Regulation

More taxpaying residents left New York than any other state in the nation IRS migration data from 2013 shows. During that year, around 115,000 New Yorkers left the state and packed up $5.65 billion in adjusted gross income (AGI) as well.

  Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) notes, “This new data shows that New York will remain America’s ‘Biggest Loser,’ having lost nearly 1.6 million taxpayers between 1985 and 2013. Those residents took with them more than $80.8 billion in annual AGI.”

  8 of the 10 states with the worst business tax climates voted for Joe Biden in 2020, and 8 of the 10 states with the best business tax climates voted for Donald Trump.

So we’ve got a corruptly managed state that is losing population, wealth, and influence while overtaxing its residents and losing businesses to other states.

Hartford is already taxing anything that moves. Last year Democrats raised the top individual tax rate to 6.99% and extended a 20% corporate surtax.

  The tax hikes precipitated General Electric ’s decision in January to move its headquarters to Boston. Between 2010 and 2015, Connecticut lost 105,000 residents to other states. Go To Site

Liberal, Tax, Government, Incompetence, Financial, Oops, Economy, Regulation

The Northeast, once the nation’s political engine that produced presidents, House speakers and Senate giants including the late Edward M. Kennedy, is losing clout in Washington as citizens flee the high-tax region, according to experts worried about the trend.

  The Census Bureau reports that population growth has shifted to the South and the result is that the 11 states that make up the Northeast are being bled dry of representation in Washington.


Texas: Kickin' Some Blue State Ass

Dear big government liberals - Texas is leaving your Blue State model in the dust. What did Einstein say about the "definition of insanity", y'all?

Democrat, Liberal, Hate, Government, Character, Brilliance, Smears, Demagoguery, Tolerance, Diversity, Stereotyping, Bigotry, Arrogance

"Who are they?" he said. "Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that's who they are and they're the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that's not who New Yorkers are."

Floridians More Open-Minded...

  According to Gainsborg, also a Republican, people in her predominantly liberal New Jersey neighborhood are not very receptive to listening to the other side.

  “There are very few people we can talk to,” Gainsborg lamented of the place she called home for three decades. “I want to move back to Florida. People in Florida are always friendly. You can talk to anybody, even those with different political leanings.”

There's no reason to do business in New York...

 "There's no reason to do business in New York. I can do the same volume in Florida in the same square feet as I would have in New York, with my expenses being much less.

 The idea was that branding and locations were important, but the expense of being in this city has overtaken the marketing group that says you have to be there."

Please Come Back to NY...

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is begging wealthy New Yorkers to return to the city to save it from economic ruin while fighting off calls from other lawmakers to raise their taxes - a move he fears could permanently drive the top 1 percent out of the city.

Democrat, Liberal, Crime, Narrative, Education

Yolanda Johnson told reporters she was leaving home, and she is not alone. Blacks are fleeing northern urban centers in record numbers, many of them heading back to the South in what has been called “the Great Return.”

  They are fleeing the crime and the awful schools and seeking opportunity and a better quality of life. Between 2000 and 2010, an estimated 1,336,097 blacks moved to seven major southern cities alone, according to the Brookings Institute, which compiled the most recent data from the U.S. Census. Today, 57 percent of the country’s black population lives in the South, a 50-year high.

  Young black males are killing one another in epic proportions, and blacks are moving in record numbers from cities like Chicago and Detroit, and the media just yawn. -Lee Habeeb, NRO

Democrat, Liberal, Tax, Government, Incompetence, Narrative, Oops, Economy

New Jersey’s high taxes may be costing the state billions of dollars a year in lost revenue as high-earning residents flee, according to a recent study...

  The study shows the state has been steadily losing high-net-worth residents since 2004, when Democratic Gov. Jim McGreevey signed the millionaire’s tax into law. The law raised the state income tax 41 percent on those earning $500,000 or more a year... Democrats in New Jersey have been pushing for even higher taxes on the wealthy in recent years.

Leaving New York...

  In the summer of 2012, I moved to New York City, law degree in hand but with no intent to practice law. I’d traded a cushy associateship at a large law firm for a chance to work on the Wall Street Journal opinion pages as a “fellow” (read: glorified intern). I thought I’d stay in the city for a long time, and almost did.

  But this week, I resolved that I’ve had enough—that my family deserves better than what this city’s atrocious, deep-blue leadership has to offer.

The so-called “progressives” love to talk about how their policies will create a worker’s paradise, but then why is it that day after day, month after month, year after year, people are fleeing liberal blue states for conservative red states? -Stephen Moore Go To Site

Democrat, Liberal, Tax, Incompetence, Degeneracy, Financial, Oops

Florida benefited the most—interstate migrants brought a net $67.3 billion dollars in annual income into the state between 2000 and 2010. The next two highest gainers were Arizona ($17.7 billion) and Texas ($17.6 billion).

  New York, on the other hand, lost the most income ($-45.6 billion), and is followed by California ($-29.4 billion) and Illinois ($-20.4 billion). -Tax Foundation

Figure 1: Americans Escape From the Horrors of Progressive Government

Illinois and Connecticut take the lead in the category of “States Where the Most Residents Would Leave if They Could,” according to the 50-state survey.

  Illinois came in at exactly 50 percent of those polled, and Connecticut at 49 percent. Maryland was a close third at 47 percent. Go To Site

"It was a struggle in California," Eaton said. "It was a very difficult place to live. ... It's a vicious circle."

  Eaton is far from alone. A growing number of Bay Area residents -- besieged by home prices, worsening traffic, high taxes and a generally more expensive cost of living -- believe life would be better just about anywhere else but here.

-George Avalos Go To Site

Of the 10 blue states that Hillary Clinton won by the largest percentage margins — California, Massachusetts, Vermont, Hawaii, Maryland, New York, Illinois, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut — every single one of them lost domestic migration (excluding immigration) over the last 10 years (2004-14).

  Nearly 2.75 million more Americans left California and New York than entered these states.

  They are the loser states. They are all progressive. High taxes rates. High welfare benefits. Heavy regulation. Environmental extremism. Super minimum wages. Most outlaw energy drilling.

  The whole left-wing playbook is on display in the Hillary states. And people are leaving in droves. Day after day, they are being bled to death. So much for liberalism creating a worker’s paradise.

-Stephen Moore Go To Site

The number of residents fleeing Illinois for other states jumped to 93,704 in 2014 from 68,204 the previous year. It increased in 2015 to 106,544, and in 2016 to 109,941. More exodus in 2017 of 114,779 and last year, another 114,154.

  Who do you think is leaving Illinois? For the most part, it’s people who have the means to do so.

-Kristen McQueary Go To Site

Black Lives Matter militants in New York are currently yelling at white outdoor diners to “get the f-ck out of New York” and declaring that white-owned taquerias are “not welcome.”

-Cassandra Fairbanks Go To Site