People are leaving Democrat-run states in large numbers.
The Tax Foundation just published a year-end report showing the migration patterns of Americans during 2020. Let’s just say that the population of red-states is on the rise.
“Where did Americans Move in 2020?”
The top five states for “outbound migration,” that is the states that Americans are leaving, are New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Connecticut, and California. The top five states for “inbound migration,” the states that Americans are moving to, are Idaho, South Carolina, Oregon, South Dakota, and Arizona.
The reader will likely notice that the first group consists of Democrat-run states, while the second group consists of Republican-run states. And, the curious reader will likely ask whether this is a coincidence. This, as always, is not an easy question to answer.
The Tax Foundation lists a number of reasons why it is that people left some states for others. The given reasons include such things as the ability to work remotely, retirement, and high taxes. High taxes, of course, are a feature of Democrat-led governments.
Another feature of Democrat-led governments are overbearing coronavirus rules, and, according to the Tax Foundation, this was a major reason why people left both New York and California.
In California and New York, in particular, the decline in population is so great that it can hurt these states politically.
Reports indicate that 135,000 people left California in 2020, which is 40,000 more than have moved there. This means that California could both lose a seat in Congress and an Electoral College vote, considering that such things are based on population.
New York, too, could lose a representative in the House, dropping it down to 26 Electoral College votes. Reports indicate that at least 126,000 people left New York in 2020.
This may sound like good news for Republicans, but this is not necessarily the case.
The worry is that the Democrats leaving blue-states will take their Democratic political viewpoint with them eventually turning Republican states Democrat. Ironically, in doing so, they would cause the states to which they have moved to become just like the states that they have left.
This is certainly a trend worth keeping an eye on.