I asked this same question 7 years ago (here). I had asked which state you were currently in, and which state you would like to consider moving to, if you could.
Maybe some of you were around back then, and maybe even participated in the poll.
Of those who responded, the three states that most people wanted to leave were California, New York, and Illinois.
The states that most respondents would like to move to were Texas, Washington, and Tennessee.
Bear in mind, this was 7 years ago. Dynamics change. Politics change. Perceptions change. Certainly A LOT has changed recently, and the past year!!
People up and move for various reasons. A job/career may be among the top reasons that people move.
Pulling up roots and moving to another state (or anywhere further away) is not easy. Family, friends, relationships are all affected. Some of them won’t be too happy about it. However it is your life, right? You are the boss of you.
Mrs.J and I have made several major moves throughout our life. From one side of the country to the other. Then over a decade later – back again to search for our rural homestead location. After a few more years we ended up here in northern New Hampshire.
The reason for the first major move was because of a job/career. The most recent major move was out of a motivation to live in a small rural community, slower calmer lifestyle, and try our luck at a bit of homesteading.
For various reasons, I wanted to stay in the northeast. Priorities for me included the politics (freedoms and liberties) of a given state, enough land that I could afford (I wanted privacy), and I wanted to live in a mountainous region if I could. There were many additional criteria, but those were on top.
After a long search, the door opened to our present location. We instantly knew it was the right place for us. More than 6 years later, we’re still here.
Would I consider moving to another state? Well I’ll tell you what… the biggest eye-opener here was (is) the long winters. Tack on a few more months from what I was used to. I don’t like that. But that’s the only thing. Politics here are still favorable to freedom and liberty, thanks to our present Governor (Chris Sununu). Although southern NH is essentially becoming Massachusetts North, the governor is doing a good job maintaining our “Live Free” motto to the extent that he can.
In a perfect world, I would live here from May through October. Then (in a perfect world) move south (somewhere warmer) for November through April, to a state that is still holding the line against tyranny and authoritarianism. Where exactly? I don’t know… Florida? Texas? Somewhere else? Maybe some day I’ll get to research that.
Anyway, I thought it would be interesting to ask this question again. Would you move to another state if you could? Where and why?