NJ Tops List of 10 States Americans Couldn’t Wait To Ditch In 2016

Here are the 10 states that people ditched the most in 2016.  As a hint, people seem to prefer less taxes, regulation, cost-of-living, indebtedness and failing pension systems…

Migratory patterns inside the United States published in an interactive map by United Van Lines that show that New Jersey topped a list of 10 states that saw an outflow of residents in 2016.

United Van Lines map of United States migratory patterns for 2016 is presented below showing highly outbound states in yellow and medium outbound states in lighter yellow while highly inbound states are presented dark blue and medium inbound states are represented in lighter blue. States in gray have a balance of inbound and outbound residents.

States With Most People Leaving Moving Out of State in the U.S.

States With Most People Leaving Moving Out of State in the U.S.

Surprisingly the top 4 states on the list, New Jersey, Illinois, New York, and Connecticut, are heavily democratic as are Ohio and Pennsylvania which begs the question as to why these states vote Democratic year after year despite their residents fleeing in mass numbers.

To be fair Ohio, which traditionally leans democratic can be considered a swing. However, only states 5 through 7,  Kansas, Kentucky and West Virginia, along with Utah which is the ninth slot is historically republicans.

Regardless, there is certainly a larger outflow from states that vote heavily Democratic from which the migration flows into either less Democratically controlled states, such as Nevada, Oregon, or Washington or the swing state of Florida or into Republican states such as New Mexico, Idaho, South Dakota, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Zero Hedge notes:

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:

  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.

Here is an interactive map, published by United Van Lines, which shows the migratory patterns of the United States. Clicking on the bullets show patterns going back to the late 70’s.

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