A newly published study that tracks migration patterns in the United States has found that Americans are leaving states and cities run by Democrats for Republican-dominant ones — and that the trend may have been accelerated by the coronavirus pandemic.
What are the details?
The study, conducted annually by United Van Lines, the nation's largest mover of household goods, found that in 2020, Americans continued the trend of ditching northeastern and West Coast liberal states for southeastern and Sun Belt states.
According to the group's data, which is based on household moves handled by United, the 10 states with the highest inbound rates were as follows:
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- North Carolina
On the other hand, the study found that states with the highest outbound rates were predominantly run by Democrats. Here's the list:
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Dakota
Residents in New York have the highest tax burden of any state in the country. Connecticut is the sixth worst, New Jersey the seventh worst, and Illinois the ninth worst.
By contrast, every single city on the "moving to" list is in a red conservative state with a tax burden well below the national average. Florida, for example, has the fourth lowest tax burden, with Tennessee having the second lowest, Alabama having the eighth lowest, and Idaho having the thirteenth lowest.
That's not a coincidence.
Perhaps if Democrat politicians weren't taxing their constituents so heavily, they might stick around instead of fleeing for warmer (and redder) climates.
People may not always vote with their pocketbook, but they do move with their pocketbook.