Are Babyboomers leaving and high taxes the cause of great migration out of the State?

When my family moved to the Chicago area about 15 years ago from California, My couldn’t have been happier to be home, but me? I’ve never stopped missing the warmth and progressiveness of the West Coast. As the years have gone by and we’ve gotten older and the taxes have gotten higher and higher, we’ve been considering making a move to the Southwest for warmer climates and states with their tax act together. Seems we aren’t the only ones..

United Van Lines recently released its annual “National Movers Study,” and once again, Illinois has one of the highest percentages of outbound domestic moves in the nation.

Illinois remained at the No. 3 spot in 2015 with an outbound move percentage of 63.2 percent, marking the seventh straight year it has been ranked among United Van Lines’ Top 5 states of people moving out. Only New Jersey and New York fared worse, at 66.6 percent and 64.6 percent, respectively.

The survey cites retiring baby boomers seeking warmer climates as the main reason people are leaving the Midwest and Northeast for the southern and western regions of the country, though some of the states with the highest percentage of inbound moves, such as Oregon, Vermont, Washington and Idaho, have their fair share of weather woes, too.

“This year’s data reflects longer-term trends of people moving to the Pacific West, where cities such as Portland and Seattle are seeing the combination of a boom in the technology and creative marketing industry, as well as a growing ‘want’ for outdoor activity and green space,” said Michael Stoll, economist, professor and chair of the Department of Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles. “The aging Boomer population is driving relocation from the Northeast and Midwest to the West and South, as more and more people retire to warmer regions.”

Census data released last month shows Illinois had the highest domestic population decline between July 1, 2014 and July 1, 2015, with 105,200 more people leaving than arriving. And all five of Illinois’ contiguous neighbors saw small net gains: Indiana (21,800), Iowa (14,418), Wisconsin (11,905), Kentucky (12,475) and Missouri (19,845). When gains from international migration and natural births are included, Illinois’ net population loss totaled nearly 22,200 people. ( Read the rest of the story at)

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