Examine exhibits folks leaving extremely taxed cities like New York and San Francisco for sunny, business-friendly states
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U-Haul – the rent-a-truck that hauls your bed, couches, and belongings by itself – compiles an annual list of the states most Americans moved to during the year.
Tennessee, the country music commercial building, Elvis Presley’s Graceland, Dollywood, and The Great Smoky Mountains have been ranked as the number one home improvement destination.
Texas and Florida, the two states that previously held the title of most-visited state for about four years, were overthrown by Tennessee. Jeff Porter, the president of the U-Haul Company in Nashville, might be a little biased, but said, “I see a lot of California people moving [to Tennessee] because they are attracted to our lifestyle. “It is also known to have no state income tax, business-friendly government, relatively nice weather and lots of jobs.
During the pandemic, working from home or remotely became the new norm as social distancing and staying at home played a prominent role. Another common trend, especially among large cities, has been a steady stream of protests, riots, looting, buildings set on fire, and general chaos and lawlessness.
People who live in places like New York City feel that their cities have been overrun with crime, violence, overt drug use, and an aggressive homeless population that seems to be ignored by local governments and mental health professionals. Wealthy residents – who tend not to use U-Hauls – fled to the Hamptons (a posh exclusive beach oasis for the affluent and famous) and nearby suburbs in New Jersey and Connecticut. Some have traveled to tropical islands or remote locations like Wyoming to remove themselves from the disease and chaos.
The top ten indicate that people have migrated to tend to have similar attractive benefits. There are little or no state taxes, a nice climate, business-minded governments and fewer restrictions on civil liberties. The ten least relocated states are diametrically opposed to the states that have seen an influx of newcomers. These states tend to have relatively repressive local and state regimes, high tax rates, problems related to Covid-19, long-term lockdowns and school closings.
California was the least moved state. It’s not surprising as California has been plagued by the virus and has been shut down for a long time. Some are tired of the obvious hypocrisy. Governor Gavin Newsom broke his own rules by not distancing himself socially while celebrating a happy birthday in an expensive restaurant with a large group of friends and telling everyone else to stay indoors.
They also had terrible record fires and power outages. San Francisco, like New York, was too expensive, dirty, divisive, overcrowded with a large homeless population, along with overt drug use and increasing crime. With the newfound ability to work from anywhere, it was easy to pick up and move around. California ranked 48th or lower in states that people moved to since 2016.
“The best thing about Tennessee is the southern hospitality. People are decent to one another,” said Clay McQuade, president of the U-Haul Company in Knoxville. He added, “I think the attraction to Tennessee is the rural atmosphere. The government is still not that oppressive about zoning and regulation so that people can build and cities are business-friendly. Tourism is a big draw in this region. Mainly for the Great Smoky Mountains. There is a lot to do outdoors. “
Here are the top ten states people are moving to:
9. North Carolina
And the bottom ten states
42. New York
48. New Jersey