Moving Out: Americans escape from big cities to Texas, Florida, and Vermont amid pandemic

Americans are fleeing the nation’s big cities and seeking greener pastures in spots like Texas, Florida, Vermont, and Oregon according to new data compiled by moving company United Van Lines and provided to Bloomberg News.

According to the data, New York and New Jersey have seen the most marked exodus.  Destinations in Texas, Florida, California and North Carolina accounted for under half of the New Yorker relocations, the United Van Lines data shows. 

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Vermont ranked at the top of the list of states that saw the strongest wave of new moves between March and August, according to the data.

What’s driving this new migration is a palpable sense of fear of living in crowded cities, according to Chief U.S. economist at Oxford Economics.

“We have seen increase mobility across the states–driven by a fear of living in densely populated areas, a realization that the ‘old normal’ of commuting into a city office is still but a distant possibility, and the realization that remote work can be an effective, long-term option,” Daco said. 

Tech entrepreneur, Peter Rex is moving his company to Texas and said the decision to do so comes down to three things.

“I want to provide my employees with a place that they can afford to buy a home…They can live abundantly, afford cost of schooling,” Rex said in an interview with FOX News. “The second is that I want to be in a place where the American Dream can flourish, that includes being in a culture that is amenable to flourishing. The third is that I want to be where the the next big wave will be.”

The top ten outbound states that people wish to flee include New Jersey, New York, Illinois, Connecticut, Kansas, North Dakota, California, Ohio, Maryland and Massachusetts, according to United Van Lines’ parent company UniGroup. New Jersey won the dubious distinction of being the top state to exit.

The top five solid winners in terms of inbound states people wish to relocate to include Vermont, Idaho, Oregon, South Carolina, and Arizona, according to UniGroup. Vermont made it to the top of list, leading all states with 75 percent of inbound moves.

Although many Americans headed out for life in more rural states like Vermont and Idaho, residents in New York and New Jersey flocked to states like Texas and Florida, United Van Lines data shows.

According to the Pew Research Center’s survey, about one in five Americans have pulled up stakes and relocated during the coronavirus pandemic.

Trust me, it doesn’t surprise Texans that so many are headed to our friendly, affordable state. But here’s one caveat–many think the move from New York is just passing phase, and the affinity for living in New York will be back.



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