"Tired Of The Expense Of Living Here" - Californians Continue To Leave State In Droves

Tyler Durden's picture

When we reported that California tax revenues had missed projections by nearly $1 billion in the first four months of the year, we pointed out that one key driver was that over 250,000 residents left the state between 2013-2014 alone, taking that tax base with them.

It turns out that it's going to get worse before it gets better for California, because as Mercury News reports, state Finance Department statistics show that 61,000 more people have exited California than have moved to the state during a twelve month period ending June 30. The net outward migration was the largest since a net 63,000 people left the state in 2011. "The main factors are housing costs in may parts of the state, including coastal regions of California such as the Bay Area. California has seen negative outward migration to other states for 22 of the last 25 years." Dan Hamilton, director of economics with the Economic Forecasting Center at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.

"They are tired of the expense of living here. They are tired of the state of California and the endless taxes here. People are getting soaked every time they turn around." said Scott McElfresh, a certified moving consultant.

The cost of living has increased as the second tech boom has come to the Silicon Valley area, and the region's soaring housing prices are cited as a key factor driving dissatisfied residents to leave. The higher paying jobs provided by the tech boom have increased the cost of living overall for everyone, but especially hard hit are those that are still in what's left of the middle class. For those residents, it has become increasingly difficult if not impossible to keep up with the higher cost of living in the area.

"There is a declining middle class in the Bay Area. Widening income inequality can create polarization socially and economically." Said Christopher Hoene, executive director of the California Budget & Policy Center.

According to Mercury News, in 1989 the middle class accounted for 56% of all households in Silicon Valley, but by 2013, that had fallen to 45.7%.

Lower income residents accounted for 30.3% of Silicon Valley's households in 1989, and that number grew to 34.8% in 2013. On the other end of the spectrum, upper income residents had 13.7% of the share of households in 1989, and that jumped to 19.5% in 2013. This illustrates the economic divide that has grown in the region, and why many simply can't afford to keep up with living expenses.

"A lot of middle class jobs have vaporized. The support positions, the assembly line positions, the jobs that paid the middle class, a lot of those have gone away." said Russell Hancock, president of San Jose-based Joint Venture Silicon Valley.

Skyrocketing costs for housing, food and gasoline along with the area's insufferable gridlock prompted four-decade Bay Area resident Kathleen Eaton to move to Ohio. "It was a struggle in California. It was a very difficult place to live, it's a vicious circle" Eaton said, adding "You can't get ahead. It's more than the cost of living; it's the high taxes."

Eaton and her sister had a $724,000 house in The Villages in South San Jose that they sold before moving to Ohio. Their mortgage payment was $2,200 a month, plus $1,000 for association fees in the community. In Ohio, they were able to pay $300,000 cash for their home.

The same story goes for Priya Govindarajan, a San Francisco resident who is planning to leave the Bay Area with her husband. "My husband's salary would be in the six figures, but six figures is not enough to cover the rent, day care, and food prices. It all starts to add up." Priya said.

"I get why people want to live in the Bay Area, I really do. But it is so difficult to live here, especially for people coming here for the first time." Priya added.

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"This summer, I have booked more business than in any of the other 27 years that I've been working. People are packing up and leaving" said McElfresh. We have news for that moving consultant, when the fact that the second tech bubble having burst becomes a reality for more and more of those who live in the Silicon Valley area, his business is going to go through the roof.

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SubjectivObject's picture

Hint:  Texas is at least 2X as expensive as CA.

FreeShitter's picture

 dont come to Texas we have enough of you left winged cali fuckers + illegals here. In other words, stay the fuck out.

LynRobison's picture

Nobody lives there any more -- it's too crowded.

847328_3527's picture

I departed from Austin when it became a shithole after 1) Katrina; and 2) after a million LA creeps moved in. "Second mosrt congested mid-sized city in the United States" now with a pollution "red alert" every day.


Not to mention rampant downtown crime due to the dindus and drug gangs.


Gone are their pleasant days of a safe, college town.


Murdered Texas co-ed, 18, was 'sexually assaulted and strangled





LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) 847328_3527 Jun 24, 2016 11:16 AM

States really need their own immigration policies.  Let the rational thinkers move in but keep the nut-job, Central Planning statists, out.  They leave then destroy wherever they go.  Then they leave where they destroyed becasue of their destruction.

Syrin's picture

While never putting together the notion of cause and effect.

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

What you are really saying is Texit, and I agree.  The USA needs to become about 5 separate nations.

Aristotle of Greece's picture

Plus in CA, MANDATORY POISONED vaccines for all.

PTR's picture

I believe you want to file that under "medical tyranny."

glenlloyd's picture

Not surprised actually. On my walk last night I noticed a California plated car pulling a U-haul parked in my neighborhood. Either they're on their way to greener pastures or Des Moines is their greener pasture.

Can't say I blame them, between cost of living and watching your water supply vanish it's the same as the UK voting out of the EU; the first to leave always gets the biggest benefit. No one wants to be left holding the bag when the water runs out...

rbg81's picture

The problem with refugees of any kind (be they Muslims from Syria or LIberals fro CA) is that they bring their dysfunction with them.  They may suppress it for a while when they first arrive.  But once they start to feel secure, they will actively try to turn their new home into the shit-hole their old one became.

Oldrepublic's picture

Thirty years ago a book was published entitled, "The Nine Nations of North America,"


take a look at the map

PTR's picture

Good recco.  I might read that one.

wildbad's picture

.a pretty tired model if you ask me.

True Blue's picture

A little out of date, but it is in my library; right next to Thomas Chittum's Civil War II.

azusgm's picture

Won't work because it breaks up Texas and relegates our territory to divisions with capitols in Atlanta, Kansas, and LA.

No way, Jose' unless the dry parts of the state get more rabid about taking our water from East Texas. In that case, maybe we'd talk.

Riga's picture

But East Texas would go along with the Southern States while Austin and the other cities along the I-35 corridor would have too many people aghast at the idea of joining the new Confederacy.

Syrin's picture

I bought an acre of land in TX in the middle of nowhere just in case this happens.  At least I can say I am a land owners, not a foreign invaders aka undocumented democrat

Syrin's picture

BUILD A WALL AROUND CALIFORNIA !!   wall those fuckers in.   They voted for living in a shit hole, so make them live in a shit hole before they move to a great location and vote to create another shit hole.   They are too fucking stupid to learn from past mistakes.  In the NE, they are called Massholes.

11b40's picture

In this part of the country, they are called damn yankees.

As opposed to regular yankees, damn yankees won't go back where they came from.  They settle in here and start telling us how much better things were up North.

JohnG's picture



My sister in law always preaching about how great New Jersey is......bitch.  Live's in GA, I keep telling her to go the fuck back if its so great.  And shut the fuck up.  I've been there, its a shithole for 1/4 of the state and growing.  Need to turn it into a huge trach dump and be done with it.

duo's picture

Austin - all the hassles of a big city with none of the advantages.

And that was true before they ran out of water.

azusgm's picture

Good restaurants though.

SubjectivObject's picture

Name a couple of your preferreds.


HungryPorkChop's picture

Hula Hut, Magnolia's Cafe, Katz on 6th St., Hyde Park Bar & Grill and Kerby Lane.  There's many more great digs but that's a short list to start.  Miss those places but not the city or traffic.

azusgm's picture

East Side Cafe is my favorite.


Used to eat at the original Kerbey Lane late at night. Now they have several locations.


Quite frankly, I enjoy take out from the food court at the big Whole Foods.

hannah's picture

back in the mid 1980's lived down the street from whole foods. the street people used to graze at the food bins that held bulk granola and such. the employees felt it was ok because they were downtrodden. WTF........never buy any bulk food product from whole foods or central market. the cafe was called blueberry (? blue something) or something and man oh man you eat an order of hippie buckwheat pancakes and you would stop up a your bowels for a week. the shit was hazardous beside floating in fat. may be organic but it wasnt lowcal or healthy.

SubjectivObject's picture

Thanks (and above)

Will be there over the week end and for the 4th fire works.

Tee shirt will say:  War With Russia Now!

hannah's picture

god remember how great austin was back in the 1980's. it was cool. last time(late 2000's) i was in autin i was trying to mountain bike thru one of the canyons and i stopped and looked down at the water and a freshly changed full diaper went foating by............that is austin today.

HungryPorkChop's picture

I left Austin for the same reason.  Moved there around 1989 and it was great!  It was safe, clean, low traffic city and affordable then starting around 1998 came the hoards of people mostly from out of state CA and NY.  Traffic became a nightmare along with skyrocketing house prices and ultra liberal politics and crime.  The cops use to be really laid back in Austin in the late 1980's and early 1990's but now it's nothing but a speedtrap and non-ending stories of police abuse in the area.  Texas police make a lot of revenue off speeding tickets and tend to concentrate their efforts towards revenue versus unprofitable areas like managing their homeless population and petty crime.  This probably explains how a violent homeless person gets ignored until they kill and rape an unescorted 18 year old college coed while the city rakes in big profits off speeding tickets. 

bamawatson's picture

so sad. used to do austin in days of armadillo, soap creek, oat willie's

will never forget two pearls of wisdom from bathroom wall on campus

1 -- eat shit, a million flies can't be wrong

2 -- hippies are proof that niggers fuck dogs

johnconnor's picture

I always loved Austin, went there a few weeks ago for a convention and I kid you know, you couldn't walk for more than 100 yards on Congress without having a hobo asking you for money... 

Keyser's picture

Funny how you describe Austin, considering it's a bastion of libertards in Texas... Like an island surrounded by Piranha... Now imagine an entire state filled with people having hte Auston mindset, it's call California... The question is, what happens when taxpayers all leave California, leaving only a welfare state... 

El Vaquero's picture

I get how you feel FreeShitter.  I encourage the view that NM is a shithole in the hopes that they'll look elsewhere.  Besides, we don't have the finances for them to come in, take over and run the same kinds of programs that they run in California. 


"We want X, Y and Z!"

"Fuck off.  We're broke."

insanelysane's picture

See New Hampshire.  Over the last 3 decades thousands of Massholes fled the taxes of the Peoples' Commonwealth only to vote to have New Hampshire become North Massachusetts.

IAmStrider's picture

Yes, please, PLEASE, don't come here Californians! If you do, please stay on the Westside/RR - it looks like the place you just left...

El Vaquero's picture

Fuck that.  Let them move to Belen. 

IAmStrider's picture

Haha, I'm never moving back there, I'm OK with this.

slammin_dude's picture

Like the locusts and parasites they are....they ALWAYS go to conservative areas and instantly start to change it into the liberal shitholes they just left....they are mentally unstable and deranged, and can never figure out that it's their shitty worldview and policies that destroys everywhere they are....

Abiotic Oil's picture

They need to stop moving to Oregon and dragging their culture with them.

2ndamendment's picture

Don't come to Virginia either. We have enough cretins in NoVa and Wash DC to deal with here. We also have reached full capacity of liberal tree hugging dooshbags. 

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) 2ndamendment Jun 24, 2016 11:24 AM

Fortunately for VA the statists are afraid of your reasonable conceal carry laws so, in general, they stay away.  Sadly, your gov and atty general are doing everything that they can to "fix" that problem.

Syrin's picture

They destroyed Colorado.   These "people" are like locust plagues.

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) Syrin Jun 24, 2016 11:20 AM

Stay OUT of lower Delaware.  You'll HATE it that property taxes are roughly zero.  They don't have wasteful Central Planning agencies to "help" you with every aspect of life either.  Lower DE is VERY scary, Californians.  STAY AWAY!!!

Abiotic Oil's picture

The Kalifornians who want to get away from their shitty state, that they created, and then move to other states for, "another culture," but then instantly start trying to make their new location just like the shithole they left.

eatthebanksters's picture

I've heard about a lot of millenials leaving California for Portland...what your home prices rocket and the douchebaggery index explode.

Lorca's Novena's picture

I know the scene, a cross between hippie and homeless. Ive met many of rock climbers like this, or as I refer to them, rock lickers. They all rave about the Portland dream. Effing insanity!