Courtesy of Daren Blomquist

2020 is well underway, and lots of interesting statistics about 2019 are coming out. 

Lots of people move every year within the U.S.  So which states are they leaving, where are they going, and why?  Here’s a quick breakdown.

The Top 5 States People Moved To:

  • Florida
  • Texas
  • Arizona
  • North Carolina
  • Georgia

The Top 5 States People Left:

  • New York
  • California
  • Illinois
  • New Jersey
  • Louisiana

What Made People Leave

People leaving New York cite the expense, the weather, and the schools among other causes for wanting to leave.  And it’s not only New York City—out of fifty counties, the population in forty-two of them has decreased in the past decade.

NBC reports that Texas, Arizona and Washington are the top three destinations of people leaving California. A Berkeley poll reveals that half of registered voters surveyed have considered moving out of California because they are dissatisfied with the cost of housing, high taxes, and the political culture. 

Taxes figure prominently into people’s reasons for leaving Illinois, according to, along with the cost of housing and weather.

This poll showed that, for people leaving New Jersey, the cost of living and high taxes were too much.

And most of the people who left Louisiana were looking for a job.

The Grass is Always Greener

While weather is part of the equation for people leaving Illinois, it certainly is also part of the picture for people moving into Florida—just like taxes.

Texas also boasts warm weather, a really diverse range of places to live (geographically and culturally), amazing food, and plenty of jobs.

Arizona’s low cost of living and stunning landscapes are just the beginning of what it has to offer.

If its Southern hospitality and gorgeous scenery weren’t enough to attract people to North Carolina, jobs are also abundant there.

Georgia is warm, too—are we noticing a trend here?—and also enjoys a low cost of living and excellent schools, making it a popular destination for movers in the U.S.

A Moving Experience

Did you move in 2019? Did the weather play a part for you? Feel free to share your state of origin, destination, and reasons in the comments section.

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