Americans Couldn't Wait To Ditch These 10 States In 2016

Tyler Durden's picture

With 2016 now a distant memory for most of us, we take a look back with United Van Lines at the migratory patterns of Americans over the course of the year. After a quick review of the data, a few interesting themes emerge:

1.  People continue to flee the indebted, pension ponzi burdened liberal states of New England and the Midwest with New Jersey, Illinois, New York and Connecticut all ranking at the very top of the most ditched states of 2016. 

2.  Obama's obliteration of the coal industry has pushed people out of Kentucky, West Virginia and Ohio, none of which appeared on the list of most-ditched states back in 2008 and 2009 before Obama took office.

3.  Finally, the natural migratory pattern of New England's liberal elitists seems to be toward cheaper and lower taxed states in the Southeast and Western portions of the country...go figure.

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And here is the full, official list of the top outbound states for 2016:

  1. New Jersey
  2. Illinois
  3. New York
  4. Connecticut
  5. Kansas
  6. Kentucky
  7. West Virginia
  8. Ohio
  9. Utah
  10. Pennsylvania


Meanwhile, after topping the chart as the most moved to state for the past three years, Oregon had a disappointing 2016 and dropped all the way to number three behind South Dakota and Vermont....perhaps those retirees from New England were a little put off by the liberal snowflake riots that plagued the state after Hillary's loss two months ago.

  1. South Dakota
  2. Vermont
  3. Oregon
  4. Idaho
  5. South Carolina
  6. Washington
  7. District of Columbia
  8. North Carolina
  9. Nevada
  10. Arizona


As a simple recap, Americans are moving from heavily-regulated, bureaucratic, high cost-of-living states with massive indebtedness and failing pensions to more affordable states.  Seems fairly logical.

Finally, here is a handy chart from Van Lines that shows how the migratory patterns of Americans have changed since the late 70's.


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buzzsaw99's picture

and the reason people will be leaving florida is because the scumbags from new york and jersey are moving in

Draybin Deffercon III's picture

There's no hope in red or blue states. Come with me my wayward son to Satoshi Land! We will trade crypto and ride unicorns everyday.

greenskeeper carl's picture

Those people are fucking Florida up, big time. Glad I left. The main reason FL is even a swing state. Look at the map, and you see the big cities and hotbeds of snowbirds are the only blue areas in the state.


They come down here, change their residency to the state even if they aren't there year round becasue there are no state income taxes and their pensions go much further. They then come in and vote for the very same bullshit that ruined the states they came from by meddling in our elections. In most parts of FL, you have to drive AT LEAST 20 miles inland to find anything resembling the south down there. All you guys out west that complain about people from california abandoning their glorious people's republic and moving to your area, believe me, FL feels your pain with people from the NE.

Draybin Deffercon III's picture

Sure you didn't leave FL because of retarded Canucks like me being there every winter? In search of "real maple syrup", taking up all the parking spots and driving prices to teh moon?

Billy the Poet's picture

Western Pennsylvania is very affordable (even with the high gas tax). Less people is great. Less hassles and better real estate prices. Gotta get that place on the river.

RAT005's picture

I went across the whole time period of the slider.  Illinois was always yellow.  How can that be, the suburbs have been expanding since the '60s.  The city felt like it was expanding from about 1995 - 2005.  I left after 11/2001 when it felt like the slide was beginning.  But my friends thought I made a mistake until around 2005 when the problems looked terminal.

SWRichmond's picture

People fleeing the Yankee states.   Imagine.

Delving Eye's picture

I plan on leaving fucking tax-me Connecticut for a ranch out West with lots of land and not another asshole for miles.

Déjà view's picture

How does one move to 'State Of Mind'...

Inalienable Rights's picture

Could this be a Liberal Relocation map?

MalteseFalcon's picture

NE real estate values are quite high relative to the south and parts of the west.

This and warm weather are the reason people are leaving, not regulation or even taxation.

I could swap a 1700 sq ft condo in Boston for a 15 acre ranch with a new house in rural TX.

And have money left over for a second ranch.

Arnold's picture

Breeding more than leaving?

MisterMousePotato's picture

Remember ... a certain demographic gets a big raise from 'the taxpayers' every time they squirt out another.

business as stusual's picture

This data is from one moving company, there are many others, not all people use moving companies to move.

roddy6667's picture

I read an  article that used U-Haul statistics, and it was about the same.

chiquita's picture

Somebody needs to check with PODS

dilligaf's picture

Nothing a few Cat. 4 or 5 hurricanes can't fix. They move down to northern Florida too. Just HAVE to have that place on the beach. Never wondering why no locals live within 20 miles of the gulf. My old boss was a Notre Dame grad. Always talking shit about us driving pick-up trucks. Then when Ivan came in and he needed a generator, but had no way to transport it, I told him to strap it to the roof of his POS Mazda.

TheObsoleteMan's picture

Being inland doesn't save you from a cat 3 or 4 hurricane.  When Charlie can in back in '04 it followed the Peace River all the way across the state and out the other side, destroying and killing  all the way. My dear old daddy was in an "approved" shelter that was supposed to withstand cat 3 winds, but it was literally obliterated in Arcadia, Florida about 30 miles inland from the gulf. No place is safe. In fact, inland is worse, because you get hit regardless of which side of the state it makes landfall {Gulf or Atlantic}.

MalteseFalcon's picture

I told my underwriters that I didn't want any FL real estate in the company "portfolio", because of hurricanes.

They said "but it's not on the coast".

I told them all of FL is "on the coast".

And that was that.

No, it wasn't.

I had to shit-can an underwriter.

And then that was that.

kommissar's picture

nice. when all the cali/nevada types talk about moving to the pacific northwest, i mention the high suicide rate.  the natives aren't getting SAD (seasonal affective disorder), it's all the sun state folks that cant handle month after month after month of constant, steady rain...

a gal from san diego moved to my neighborhood recently.  she asked a little boy if it ever stops raining?!  he said "how should i know?  i'm only six."

Gone Galt's picture

Oregon weather isn't as wet/gloomy as Washington.  Just a little secret that the locals know.

Also, assisted suicide is legal in Oregon, which does distort the numbers as a lot of people come in from other states to, err, check-out.

And I for one would much prefer to 'checkout' on my own terms than be kept 'alive' for no good reason and in ever increasing amounts of pain - not to mention increasing bills for my estate.   

drendebe10's picture

Hahahahahaha. Wutta fukn moron ur old boss. 

Arnold's picture

From Massoftwoshits

TheObsoleteMan's picture

More like FAGGATHUSETTS. I can spot a female from that region from a mile away in a dense fog because they all look the same. it's as if they are issued a state mandated dress code; No make-up, very little if any jewlery, short cropped hair cut like a helmet, mens pants with a pull over shirt. How any man could be attracted to that I have no idea. WTF is in the water up there anyway!

kommissar's picture

yeah.  i know what you mean.  my cardiologist has a nurse from texas, and she calls our version "oregon butt women."  that is some nasty shit, but this is the dyke capital of the usa.  

Salzburg1756's picture

Massoftwoshits! Good one. I live there, but will soon be moving to SW florida, St. Croix or Cozumel. Some like it hot.

johngaltfla's picture

Florida is 1970's California. We'll get one shot to profit in the next 10 or so years then it is time to flee.

Because all these Northeast liberals moving here will fuck it up.

neidermeyer's picture

That's why we're all moving to Sweet Home Alabama ,, the Massholes wouldn't dream of going there...

yogibear's picture

The libtard Californians will infest it, turn it into another CA and fuck it up. 

Like roaches.

Just like they did to Colorado. Saw it in the late 80's happening.

vato poco's picture

amen. also, stay the fuck out of Texas, you yankee dipshits!

Handful of Dust's picture

Austin is freaking PACKED with Kornifornians. I remember The Austin Statesman doing a survey and found 80% of those outrageously expensive condos downtown wre purchased by Kornifornians and 8/10 people stopped randomly on the downtown streets of Austin were from Cali, mostly from LA.


No wonder Austin sucks now.

kommissar's picture

think of it this way: at least you're keeping them mostly in one place. austin was lost a long time ago.  by placing a liberal magnet in the center of the state, it can be somewhat managed.

waspwench's picture

It is known as californication.

Calmyourself's picture

Coming to FL in a few years Carl, I will strengthen the stock, the rock ribbed small government stock that is..

Semi-employed White Guy's picture

Don't bother as you will never outbreed the Puerto Ricans. This state is done!

TheObsoleteMan's picture

If the Ricans weren't bad enough, the Cubans are coming over here now in unprecidented numbers since the Kenyan kissed up to Castro. The men sell drugs and the women sell their, well, you know.....

Winston Churchill's picture

Many vote twice as well.Postal ballot for up north and in Florida.

One snowbird I spoke to though it was his right,not a felony.

Calmyourself's picture

Satoshi land; 30% rise and fall per day, buckle up buttercup..  In case your seatbelt is loose there is this metal that takes manpower and energy to extract from mother earth its been used for 5,000 plus years as real money if only I could remember it's name...

Miss Informed's picture

"Satoshi land" exists only in Yugioh.

Miss Informed's picture

Oh little fishie, enough with the bitcon! You just swim from page to page talking bitcoin even when it's completely irrelevant.

besnook's picture

you mean there are still some florida crackers left? south florida was the greatest place in the world in the 70s but by 1985 had turned to shit.

PointofVue's picture

You are correct. To add to that, here in North Georgia, we have an influx of half-backs as we call them. They move to Florida, decide they don't like it, then only move half-the-way back North, and take up residence here. Never seen so many Florida tags with loud mouthed, yapping northerners around here.

RedBaron616's picture

Florida is a huge state. All depends on where you live.

Cluster_Frak's picture

With global cooling heading our way, Florida and soon enough liberated 51 state of American, Cuba, will be the place to be.

SmedleyButlersGhost's picture

If you use United Van Lines - you have too much shit. Get small

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

~"If you use United Van Lines - you have too much shit."~

Close Smed, but no cigar.  The point here is not having too much chattel, it's what type of person is using United Van Lines to move. I don't for one second consider this indicative of migration patterns in the USA. All it proves is where people who use United Van Lines to move interstate land.

The large influx of people to South Dakota is due mostly because of the number of full -time boomer RVers who make that state their state of residence due to its low taxes and ease of attaining residency there.

besnook's picture

i could move in a vw rabbit until i got married. now i need a tractor trailer if i want to move. i was much happier when the rabbit was all i had.