Of the top-ten Democratic states that Hillary Clinton won by the largest margin, all of them have one thing in common: residents can’t seem to move out fast enough.
It is no shock that Hillary Clinton won the majority of left-leaning states in this past election, especially in the case of California – taking the lead by nearly 1.2 million votes, according to Heavy.com.
What is interesting is the one common denominator of these 10 blue states, which is they are losing more residents than gaining.
It is not heartbreak from the devastating loss in the recent election that is responsible for the great migration; instead, it’s being driven by an economic depression happening in each state.
Stephen Moore at the Washington Times reports:
“The reasons Americans are fleeing these states are all driven by economics — namely, that they share the progressive values of “high taxes rates; high welfare benefits; heavy regulation; environmental extremism; high minimum wages.”
“Here is an amazing statistic. Of the 10 blue states that Hillary Clinton won by the largest percentage margins — California, Massachusetts, Vermont, Hawaii, Maryland, New York, Illinois, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut — every single one of them lost domestic migration (excluding immigration) over the last 10 years (2004-14). Nearly 2.75 million more Americans left California and New York than entered these states.”
In short, all of these states are dying a slow death from economic stagnation.
In stark contrast to these blue states, are the 10 right-leaning states – Wyoming, West Virginia, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Kentucky, Tennessee, South Dakota, and Idaho – that had the highest percent margin in favor of Donald Trump. The difference in these red states is that every single one gained in population. The same also holds true for job growth with “twice the job creation rate as the bluest states carried by Hillary.”
To illustrate this point: “The two biggest conservative states in terms of population size — Florida and Texas — gained almost one million new residents each,” as stated in the newly-released 2016 American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) Rich States, Poor States.
While states like California have traditionally been viewed as a ‘progressive utopia,’ the high cost of living, income inequality, and economic downturn are pushing more Americans to place their confidence in more conservative red states.
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