Chart of the Day: Where Did Americans Move in 2022?

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In 2022, Americans were on the move, but where to? Most found themselves leaving high-cost-of-living areas in favor of warmer climates and more reasonable housing conditions.

The chosen states for inbound moving migration predominantly reside in the south. Whether it’s a coincidence or not, many of these states were among the first to lessen Covid-19 regulations. While it’s a possibility that the surge in remote work leads people to areas with less restriction in the short term, it could also be that these locations offer a smaller tax burden in the long term as well. It also brings up the notion that in the last decade, the flight from the “Blue” states.

See below a series of maps (years: 2011, 2014, 2019, 2022) that show the past decade’s moving patterns of Americans. See a more state-by-state interactive map here.

Ideological self-segregation may only be accelerating in these inflationary, politically divisive. Politics isn’t the main reason people consider moving to another state. The biggest drivers are more likely to be economic reasons, like the cost of living and jobs, or personal or family reasons, a recent poll from Axios found – Axios-Ipsos Two Americas Index. See the results of this poll in the chart below and learn more here.

Interestingly enough, 30% of Americans surveyed said they’ve thought about moving in the past six months. What about you? Are you considering a move in the near future?

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By Tom Williams

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