(USA Features) Americans are continuing to leave California and New York, where there are Democratic supermajorities in the legislatures, for GOP-controlled Texas, according to newly released demographic study.
“Despite the 2020 pandemic, this year Americans are following similar moving trends as prior years. Millions of Americans are moving either to start a new job or to move home,” said a report from North American Van Lines, a moving company.
The report added that Americans “are fleeing” to Texas and other Republican states including Idaho, though New York, New Jersey, and Illinois “are the three states with the most outbound moves.”
Michigan and Pennsylvania have also seen a large number of people moving out, said the report.
“The top five inbound states in 2020 are Idaho, Arizona, Tennessee, South Carolina, and North Carolina, with Tennessee overtaking South Carolina from the 2019 results,” the report said.
The report did not say whether ‘defund the police’ movements and increases in crime rates in the outbound states contributed to the exodus of residents.
However, “the report speculated that people might be leaving northeastern states due to the ‘harsh winters,’ job availability as many firms ‘are avoiding the region’ for now, and that many northeastern cities have a high cost of living that makes housing affordability more challenging,” The Epoch Times reported.
Phoenix is the most popular urban destination followed by Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, and Denver..
“With Texas’ warm climate and low taxes it’s not surprising that three of the top ten MSA [Metropolitan Statistical Area] destinations are in Texas,” the report noted.
A separate report from real estate website Zillow confirmed that there has been a significant shift in where people are living now, saying that Americans are “reshuffling” to “larger” and “more-affordable homes.”
“The average long-distance mover relocated to a ZIP code with home values nearly $27,000 lower than where they came from last year,” the Zillow report said. “U.S. movers in 2020 relocated to ZIP codes with homes 33 square feet larger than where they came from, on average.”