Paul L. Caron

Monday, January 16, 2023

Americans Moved To Low-Tax States In 2022

Following up on my previous post, New U.S. Census Data: Major Migration From Blue States To Red States:  Tax Foundation, Americans Moved to Low-Tax States in 2022:

Americans were on the move in 2022 and chose low-tax states over high-tax ones. That’s the finding of recent U.S. Census Bureau population data and commercial datasets released this week by U-Haul and United Van Lines. ...

This population shift paints a clear picture: people left high-tax, high-cost states for lower-tax, lower-cost alternatives.

7 of the 10 states with the most outbound migration voted for Joe Biden in 2020, and 8 of the 10 states with the most inbound migration voted for Donald Trump.Tax Foundation (011523)

The Census data shows population gains and losses, but not cross-border migration. (The Census provides migration data but on a longer time delay.) Moving data from U-Haul and United Van Lines, while less robust—and undoubtedly influenced by their geographic coverage—speaks more directly to cross-border migration and is confirmatory. Both companies see states like California, Illinois, Massachusetts, and New York as the biggest losers, while states like Texas, Florida, and Tennessee are among the largest net gainers.

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