By now, you’ve probably heard that people are on the move in America – picking up their lives and businesses in liberally-held states and strongholds and seemingly moving to more conservative ones.
How do we know?
Well, the 2020 Census, for one. According to its records, states like Florida and Texas, well-known for their lack of draconian laws and lower crime rates, are growing in rapid fashion. Meanwhile, Democratic areas such as New York and California are losing constituents – so much so, in fact, that both of those states have now lost at least one form of representation in the last year.
But don’t just take the Census’s word for it.
Instead, let’s look to a company whose business is migration and the art of moving: U-Haul.
With another year over and a new one now begun, U-Haul has recently released their latest annual reports.
And what it says above anything else is nearly an exact mirror to the conclusions made by the 2020 Census. People are fleeing liberal lands for those who boast more freedoms and less tyranny.
U-Haul has been a proud source of authority on migration trends for years now, with operations in all 50 US states, as well as 10 of Canada’s provinces. And with well over two million one-way truck rentals now available year-round, it’s easy to see why.
In addition, the company boasts of some 176,000 moving trucks of various sizes, 126,000 trailers, and about 46,000 other towing devices to move anything from your grandmother’s dining hutch to your college dorm room decorations.
But as their January 3 report concluded, all of those available ways to haul things were still not enough for the demands of 2021 – at least not when it came to states like California.
Here, where lockdowns are inevitable, rolling blackouts are common, mandates are everywhere, taxes are ever-rising, and the cost of living just keeps going up, people can apparently not get away fast enough. According to U-Haul’s records, the Golden State led the nation in the number of outbound migrations last year, with many people being put on waiting lists or left to find other transportation means as there just weren’t enough towing devices to go around.
The state coming in as a runner-up to California was Illinois, where Democratic Mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot’s city, has people seeking greener and much safer pastures due to its exorbitantly high crime rates and the overall lack of police support.
Pennsylvania took third place, with states like New York, Alabama, and Massachusetts coming in sixth, fifth, and fourth place, respectively. You will note that all but Alabama are liberal-held states.
Meanwhile, on the opposite end of the spectrum, or the states with most incoming migrations, Texas, followed by Florida, led the pack. Tennessee came in third place, which took the top spot last year.
Just as all the states seemingly losing residents have something in common, so do all the states gaining them.
As you likely know, Texas, Florida, and Tennessee have been labeled over the years as conservative strongholds. They are places where the cost of living is much lower, mandates don’t exist, and the people aren’t too fond of having big government tell them what to do.
As Matt Merrill, the U-Haul Area District Vice President for the Dallas-Fort Worth region and West Texas, says, “We see a lot of growth coming from the East and West Coast. A lot of people are moving here from California and New York. We also see a lot of people coming in from the Chicago markets. I think that’s a lot due to the job growth – a lot of opportunity here. The cost of living here is much lower than those areas. Texas is open for business.”
And in states where liberal strongholds like Philadelphia, San Francisco, and New York City call home, quite the opposite is true. And then, of course, there are the massive crime waves that I mentioned before. As Steve Miller, President Trump’s former advisor, has recently said, the surge in crime taking place in these cities is “now worse than it has ever been before.”
I mean, who honestly wants to live in a place where their lives are not only in quite literal danger but where their values aren’t held in respect and their freedoms are trampled on? No wonder citizens from all walks of life are looking for safer and more productive pastures to call home.