Cities Run by Democrats Are Losing the Most Residents

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United Van Lines released their annual “moving habits” study this week. This study details which cities in America gained the new residents and which cities saw the largest departure.

According to their study, the cities with the highest percentage of new residents compared to departures are the following:

  1. Wilmington, NC
  2. Sarasota, FL
  3. Boise, ID
  4. Huntsville, AL
  5. Ft. Myers, FL
  6. Knoxville, TN
  7. Melbourne, FL
  8. Austin, TX
  9. Nashville, TN
  10. Fort Collins, CO

Nine of these ten cities are in states run by Republicans. On the other hand, the cities that have the highest rates of losing residents are:

  1. Nassau, NY
  2. Bergen, NJ
  3. Trenton, NJ
  4. New York, NY
  5. Newark, NJ
  6. Chicago, IL
  7. Bremerton, WA
  8. Bridgeport, CT
  9. Middlesex, NJ
  10. Lake, IL

Every single city on the list of “moving from” is in a blue state. These cities are also among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. As the unemployment rate as of May 2020 stood at 13.3%, it is now much higher. 

Furthermore, most of these cities on the “moving from” also have the strictest coronavirus regulations as democrat politicians seem to compete to impose the strictest lockdown single-handedly and shut down most businesses. 

By contrast, every single city listed on the “moving to” is in a Republican state with a tax burden lower than the national average. 

For instance, Florida has the fourth lowest tax burden, Tennessee comes in second, Alabama has the eighth-lowest tax burden, and Idaho has the thirteenth lowest tax burden.

Meanwhile, in New York, a blue state, residents have the highest tax burden compared to any state in the country. Connecticut falls in sixth place. New Jersey is the seventh-worst, and Illinois the ninth-worst. 

In addition to this, a report from Redfin – a technology-powered real estate brokerage, also revealed the same results. 

The data has recorded more Americans from Democratic State are moving to Republican counties than from Republican to Democratic counties in the spring.

The report also showed that there were explicitly 6.5% more people that looked into moving to Republican and swing counties than to Democratic counties. 

Taylor Marr, a Redfin economist, said, “The bluest, most expensive counties are failing to attract a lot of the families who are looking to relocate right now.”

The timeframe that the Redfin examined covers from the beginning of the pandemic and the transition to more remote work, wherein some homebuyers started to prioritize fewer commute times.

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However, the movement by U.S. residents away from the cities led by Democrats into Republican cities is not new. In the first half of 2017, Redfin found that 7.4% more people considered moving into Red and swing counties than to blue counties. 

The trend also shows how people relocate from expensive cities that lean more to Democratic state than suburban areas that are more likely Republican, where people can find more space for a lower price. 

With the coronavirus vaccine moving at a snail’s pace and with the upcoming Biden administration who intends to shut down the economy even further, many Americans are moving out of these Democratic states not to make a political statement but to survive. 

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