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Trivia Tidbit Of The Day: Part 322 -- Republican Counties Attracting More Americans.
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When it comes to domestic migration (Americans moving from one part of America to another), not all states are created equal. On April 20, the United States Census Bureau released its latest current population report (which has lots of neat maps, if you are interested), detailing which states gained population at the expense of others, and vice-versa (.pdf):
Generally, people are leaving states that John Kerry won in 2004 in favor of states that George W. Bush won in 2004. Again, this isn't immigration from other countries, or even birthrate-based population changes. This is strictly a measure of Americans moving from blue states to red states, from blue counties to red counties, from blue cities to red cities.
Pro-growth policies, not surprisingly, produce growth.
Indeed, the counties with the most outmigration from 2000-2004 tended to be left-leaning counties (.pdf):
It's clear that people are leaving Democrat-dominated areas to escape tyranny (of taxes, of weird rules and regulations, of higher crime rates, of the higher cost of living, of failing schools, etc.), to find opportunity elsewhere.
Meanwhile, counties with lots of inmigration from 2000-2004 tended to be GOP-leaning counties (.pdf):
The growth is driven by entrepreneurs and large corporations, alike, taking advantage of policies and conditions that are conducive to growth. Americans are migrating to places that maximize freedom, economically, and otherwise.
THIS is why conservatives ought to support a smaller, relatively-decentralized federal government. Let states become laboratories for policies. Let the pudding (economic and population growth-- or stagnation) of those policies be the proof.
Let the proof inspire better policy, elsewhere. Everywhere.
Posted by Will Franklin · 1 May 2006 09:16 AM
Could it be possible that the outmigration tends to be from large cities (which also tend to vote democratic) to more rural areas?
Posted by: JohnJ at May 1, 2006 10:16 AM
That's a lot of it, actually... but there's also a lot of state-to-state migration.
Posted by: Will Franklin at May 1, 2006 01:25 PM
also don't forget, new york does have rural areas as does Boston. But those taxes still follow like a bad fart.
Posted by: christian at May 1, 2006 04:46 PM
This is wild...
Posted by: adc at May 1, 2006 06:00 PM
This is not migration from urban to suburb. This is from Blue States to Red State Suburbs. And the cities have all the high paying jobs, not the suburbs and not the podunk cities on the list. The tech giants like NYC, Boston, and San Fran/San Jose, LA, Chicago, etc., have all the "high paying jobs" and the red states pay poverty wages, etc. Folks like Will and me are just po' folk and yokels out here in dusty Arizona and Texas. We are ignorant red necked NASCAR fans who drink beer and watch college football.
So why are people fleeing the Marxist Utopian high density cities with their wonderful mass transit that is supported by massive taxes and huge subsidies and debts? And who is coming in to replace them?
Uh, one guess... And hundreds of thousands of them are boycotting us Red Necks today. Illegals immigrants are moving in to the vacated houses of fleeing blue staters that are coming to the red states. But we are being overwhelmed by illegals too. See, blue staters moving in bring their leftist Liberal values and California or New York big government mindset, but for the most part they also bring their pensions and bank accounts and pay their own way. Illegals don't.
So use Red Staters scim the cream of the wealthy blue staters and retirees that bring pensions and 401k's and savings and proceeds from their home sale and the Blue States take the most uneducated and least desirable people from El Salvador, Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, etc., who come with nothing except what they brought on the boat and who don't even speak the language. The wealthy folks pay taxes and put more into the system than they take out, whereas the illegals are a net negative, despite the fact that they keep the hotel bed linen changed, the plants trimmed, and the Home Depot parking lots filled with cheap labor.
Posted by: Justin B at May 1, 2006 07:08 PM
For the most part, the folks leaving the leftist cities to come to Red State Country are Republicans and affluent "values voters" who are literally fleeing the high tax Liberal Utopias of Massachussets and California and New York, not left wing radicals. Because what self respecting Democrat and Liberal Elitist would want to argue the merits of Vince Young and Dale Junior as opposed to Monet and Van Gogh? Would prefer Red State culture of WWE and Monster Trucks to the opera?
It makes me want to erect our own Statue of Liberty for the Red States that says "Send us your overtaxed and retired masses yearning to be free".
And oh, by the way, I think Arizona's net migration just increased by one Californian this weekend that we are celebrating--Matt Leinart. See, Californians are fleeing to Arizona left and right as we speak.
Posted by: Justin B at May 1, 2006 07:17 PM
Yes, I left Connecticut for South Carolina a long time ago. We tried. There were just too many liberals there. This reminds me of the migrations from Europe in the 1800s. Going to places where you could raise a family without persecution, free from crime and where The Truth is valued.
Posted by: Chief RZ at May 2, 2006 10:11 AM
In Arizona, I sometimes say I wish that the Minutemen would focus on the other immigration problem and patrol the Arizona-California border to keep all the damned Californians from invading our state.
The Mexicans use our healthcare and work menial jobs. The Californians are driving home prices through the roof and making homes damned near unafforable. (But they are also making my home price soar, so not really my problem I guess)
Posted by: Justin B at May 3, 2006 05:47 AM
This is quite a doozy..
Posted by: firstname.lastname@example.org at May 8, 2006 05:16 PM