The coronavirus pandemic has changed many things in America. One of the biggest trends is that more and more people are moving away from big cities.
It’s a trend that looks set to continue to grow as various factors cause people to think seriously about moving to a new place.
Why Are More People Leaving Progressive-Run Cities?
The nation’s large cities grew a lot in the 1990s, but all that is changing. People at that time moved into the cities to take new jobs in offices and find work in growing industries and white collar professions.
Now the pandemic and the growth of remote work is causing many people to rethink the high property taxes, costs and stressful lifestyle of living in cities. Looking for lower state tax, property prices and a more relaxed lifestyle away from the bustle of huge cities, people are increasingly pulling up stakes and moving to more tranquil locations or at least Republican-run cities with less problems with crime and red tape.
This is especially true in progressive-run states like California, New York, Oregon and Illinois. Hundreds of thousands of residents of New York City, LA, San Francisco, Chicago, Portland and DC are packing up and hitting the road in search of a better life elsewhere.
Portland is the no. 1 city Americans are leaving. High taxes, homelessness & rising crime rates are among some of the reasons. https://t.co/1C9aY0YVgw
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) October 17, 2020
How Many People are Leaving the Big Blue Cities?
The numbers are staggering. Over 300,000 people have left New York City so far in 2020, 90,000 have left San Francisco, 25,000 out of LA, 20,000 out of SF and 15,000 out of DC. The actual numbers are likely much higher but these are the official numbers recorded so far this year.
For the most part these people are moving away from blue cities to cities in Republican-run red states such as Arizona, Tennessee, Texas, Nevada and North and South Carolina. Phoenix is now the quickest growing city in the USA, followed by Nashville. Las Vegas, Charlotte, Austin and Charleston are also growing significantly from people leaving big Democratic cities.
Smaller cities like Greenville, SC, Little Rock, AR, Knoxville, TN and Tulsa, OK are also growing massively, with twice as many new residents coming in in 2020 as there were in 2019. Less and less younger college grads are moving into the big Democratic cities like Philadelphia or New York: they are too expensive and full of violent crime and few jobs.
What Does the Future Hold?
It’s clear that the pandemic has changed many things and life might still not return to normal for quite awhile yet. The closure of restaurants and end of nightlife as well as the growth of remote work is likely to continue the trend of more and more people deciding to leave the big cities.
In addition, the squeezing and high taxation and over-regulation of small businesses and the middle classes in large Democratic-run cities has simply become unmanageable for many working families.
It is possible that blue state city residents will bring more progressive politics to the red states and change the outcome of future elections, but it’s also possible that many will adjust to their new lifestyle or already held more conservative views that were part of the reason they wanted to leave the big blue cities in the first place.
Millions of Americans chose 2020 to start a new life away from the bustle and brokenness of the blue cities. As they seek a better life in red states and red cities it’s clear that the pandemic has highlighted just how broken and unsustainable the Democratic model is for the country and how much people want to get away from it whenever possible.