The cultural shifts occurring in the U.S. over the last decade are continuing to show up heavily in the data regarding the migration of Americans from losing “blue states” to freedom-loving “red states.”
Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau released information showing the strengthening trend of citizens fleeing high tax, high crime, low economic opportunity, and oppressive COVID mandate Democratic-controlled states to escape to Republican states where America still exists.
The government figures indicated a clear distinction when comparing Texas and Idaho to New York and Washington, D.C.
Texas saw a population growth of 1.3 percent to 29,527,941 residents in 2021. The state saw net domestic population growth of 170,307 for the year. Idaho had the highest growth for the year, with a 2.9 percent jump in population. The state had a net domestic increase of 48,876 residents moving in from other states.
On the other side of the coin, New York had the largest population loss for the year at 1.8 percent. The state had a whopping net domestic population loss of 352,185 residents who moved to other states. The largest percentage loss was seen in D.C., where the population decreased by 2.9 percent.
In addition to Texas and Idaho, other states seeing the most immigration from other states include Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Nevada, and South Carolina. The list of states seeing people leave the most includes California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and the District of Columbia.
According to the report, the South is now the nation’s most populous region and was the only national region with a positive net domestic migration for 2021. During the last two years, more than 657,000 Americans moved into the South from other parts of the country.
Not surprisingly, the Northeast region experienced the highest net domestic population decrease, with almost 366,000 residents moving away.
Many red states have concerns about whether the newly arrived residents escaping blue states will bring the failed policies and voting preferences of their old states with them. Most hope that the people leaving blue states are mainly doing so because they disagreed politically and economically in their old locations.
To that end, the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) has started a program called Fresh Start with pilot efforts in Atlanta and Nashville. The program is designed to welcome new residents with FEE materials to help them keep housing costs and taxes low in their new states. FEE also uses the program to help new residents take steps to maintain quality education and common crime in their new home states.
University of Tennessee law professor Glenn Reynolds, also known as the founder of Instapundit, has discussed for years a “welcome wagon” approach to new residents who have arrived to find freedom and traditional American living.