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.
And here is the full, official list of the top outbound states for 2016:
- New Jersey
- New York
- West Virginia
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.
- South Dakota
- South Carolina
- District of Columbia
- North Carolina
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.