Choosing where to live is complicated. When you choose a state to live, it must be the Best State for your needs. If a state has inward moves i.e. positive migration, there must be enough positive factors to create that movement. United Van Lines recently released its 2008 “migration study.” It has done so for 32 years. The “People’s Choice Award for Best and Worst States” are
Best States (Most Inward Moves)
1. Washington DC
3. North Carolina
6. South Dakota
7. South Carolina
Worst States (Most Exits from State)
50. North Dakota
49. New Jersey
47. Rhode Island
43. New York
According to United, New York and Illinois have seen more exits for 32 straight years!!! I wonder if the political folks are wondering why companies and people keep moving away. Northern States dominate Net Exits. Nevada has had 23 consecutive years of inward moves and Oregon has had 21 years. Florida, California and Texas were considered balanced states.
For more info go to United’s website: http://www.unitedvanlines.com/mover/united-newsroom/press-releases/2008/2008-united-van-lines-migration-study.htm
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Florida”s Sun-Sentinel today reports that South Florida is shrinking.
The paper reports that Internal Revenue Service filings show 43,371 fewer people in Broward and 11,028 fewer people in Palm Beach County since 2005. Birth rates are shrinking and school enrollment is down. It appears that the population is shrinking on all fronts. Working age people are finding wages low as compared to the cost of living. Retirees are finding real estate prices, property taxes and homeowners insurance. Is the state losing its designation as a Best Place to retire. For full Sun-Sentinel story go to: www.sun-sentinel.com/services/newspaper/printedition/sunday/nationworld/sfl-flbpopulation0104sbjan04,0,735270.story.
The paper also reports the favorite out of state destinations that Broward and Palm Beach county residents relocate to.
Top destinations are 1. Georgia, 2. North Carolina and 3. Texas. For all the details go to:
Well it used to be that the 2 best places to retire were Arizona and Florida. It appears as a result of this latest real estate boom and bust that these 2 states while great for weather have started to drop in retirees eyes as attractive places to be. Part of it is due to the run up in real estate prices that has literally made it unaffordable for many to buy and live on a fixed income. Florida for example has seen the first shrinkage in its population in many years. People are moving to other venues such as Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina and other venues as the cost of housing is more affordable and the real estate taxes not as burdensome. Arizona has also seen its run up in real estate that has made it more difficult to live comfortably there. What are your thoughts? What are the best places to retire today? What are the worst?