A growing number of Americans are leaving liberal states for conservative locations according to a new report by North American Van Lines (NAVL).
“Despite the 2020 pandemic, this year Americans are following similar moving trends as prior years. Millions of Americans are moving either to start a new job or to move home,” NAVL said in its 2020 Migration Report.
The states with the most people leaving included New York, especially New York City, California, New Jersey, Maryland and Illinois.
The states with the most people joining included Idaho, Arizona, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, Texas, and Colorado.
The most popular city in the report was Phoenix, Arizona, followed by Houston, Dallas, Atlanta and Denver. Notably, three of the top 10 metro areas were located in Texas.
What is the explanation for the migration from blue states to red? The report did not claim to know the reasons, but others have noted both politics and crime as notable factors.
The Daily Wire reported New York City saw a 73 percent increase in shootings in May over 2020, for example. Chicago has also faced ongoing shooting violence that has led to much criticism of Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
Politics have influenced decisions as well. In California, residents faced long lockdowns during the pandemic. The state also faces the highest taxes of any states in the nation.
Instead, “open for business” states like Texas and Florida have appealed to both families and businesses looking to grow. Other locations like Tennessee and Arizona, have a combination of warm climate and generally conservative values that have attracted large numbers of movers.
Those paying attention can certainly see connections that include warm climate and conservative politics as major advantages for population growth. Other than Denver, the top-growing cities were all conservative led.
In addition, Colorado and Idaho were the only two states to include a colder climate. Instead, both states are noted Rocky Mountain states that have attracted those who enjoy the rugged outdoors.
Politically, the future looks bright for states holding to conservative values, while blue states continue to struggle. However, as long as Democrats continue to lead in the White House and in Congress, conservative policies will not be expanded nationwide in ways that help current blue states improve.
Instead, individual states will be required to fend for themselves if they wish to see new leadership. Even local level politics offer some advantages. Small towns in Illinois, for example, have largely chosen conservative leaders despite state level Democrat control.
Overall, the report doesn’t explain why people are moving from blue states to red, but it’s not hard to figure it out. People move where people feel free. Blue states are sorely lacking in this area, leading growth to move toward freedom-loving conservative destinations that uplift traditional American values.