We recently found a fascinating article we wanted to share with you. Here are some excerpts:
"Texasâ€™s low-cost, liberty-loving atmosphere has become an attractive
alternative to Californiaâ€™s oppressive public sector and dysfunctional
policy environment. No amount of heart-melting vistas, celebrity
sightings, or traipses through wine country can make up for what almost
appears a strategic attempt by one of the nationâ€™s largest states to
drive businesses and productive people away.
Thanks to an interesting interactive map at Forbes.com, we now can see some
visual evidence of the trends we have been discussing. The map shows
county migration in the United States in pictorial form.Â Black lines
show inward migration to a county, and red lines show outward migration.
The thicker the line, the higher the volume.
If we look at Harris County, Texas, where Houston is located, we can
practically hear a giant sucking sound as the stateâ€™s largest city pulls
people southward from the northeast, the Midwest, and elsewhere. Most
of the outmigration is regional, with some identifiable patterns to the
upper northwest. You get a similar picture when you look at the
migration patterns to Dallas and Austin.
For example, Travis County, home to Austin, looks similarly like a
bullâ€™s eye on the dartboard of appealing places to live. Itâ€™s hard to
find any distinct patterns of where people in Austin go when they leave
the state. The red lines are thin indeed.
Now letâ€™s look at California. Aside from the appeal of Los Angeles to
people living in the high-cost northeast (you might as well have good
beaches and sunny weather if youâ€™re paying high taxes for bad services),
it appears the city of angels is losing its heavenly radiance in a
massive way. San Diego also looks very red. San Francisco (not included
here) has a surprisingly black hue to it in defiance of that beautiful
cityâ€™s high cost of living, but it has a noticeably lower volume than
the other great California cities.
Now, in a departure from the theme of the series, Detroit (Wayne
County, Michigan) was so vividly depressing that I simply have to
include it. Hardly anything shows the tragic effects of bad policy and
under-performing industry than the picture below."
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