As the country braces for more January chills, the south is relatively warmer. Forecast highs in Florida are in the 70s and 80s. So, it is no wonder that snowbirds travel south each fall and stay in Florida until the northern thaw.
New data suggest that the trend may be changing a bit. Some people are leaving the northeastern part of the country altogether and heading south.
A new report from United Van Lines indicates that approximately two-thirds of their moves involving New York household included families moving out of the state. Only Illinois and New Jersey have higher exit rates. The trend is not exclusive to the northeast either. United’s data indicate that “almost 59 percent of the moves within the eastern United States were outbound.”
Most people were moving either west or to the Carolinas. There was one notable exception. Vermont has a high percentage (67 percent) of inbound moves second only to South Dakota.
Economist and professor at the University of California Michael Stoll suggests that the data reflect retirees’ location preferences.
“Interestingly enough, these retirees are leaving at such a fast pace that the movement of millennials to urban areas in the Midwest and Northeast is being overshadowed,” Stoll said.
To the contrary, Breitbart points out that the data indicate that people are leaving high-tax states for lower-tax states.
“New Jersey, Illinois, and New York see the greatest exoduses. The trio of blue states eschew right-to-work for forced unionism and feature some of the strictest gun laws within their borders. But the big-government policy that sets them apart from many neighbors remains taxes.”
PR Newswire breaks down the highest outbound states in the US:
The Northeast continues to experience a moving deficit with New Jersey (63 percent outbound), New York (63 percent) and Connecticut (60 percent) making the list of top outbound states for the second consecutive year. Pennsylvania (56 percent) also joined the top outbound list this year.
Source: Times Union
Source: PR Newswire