State governments are always trying to make it on top 10 lists to bolster interest in their state.
Hoping to lure people in, they look for titles like “sunniest state” and “best place to raise a family.”
Now this Democrat-controlled state just won the top position on a list that no one wants to be on.
Punishing law-abiding citizens while crime is skyrocketing
Like most all Democrats these days, Illinois Democrat Governor J.B. Pritzker is doing everything he can to make life easier for criminals in his state.
Under Pritzker’s leadership, Illinois has eliminated cash bail for those accused of both serious misdemeanors and felony charges alike.
Legislation like the so-called “Firearm Industry Responsibility Act,” are making it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to purchase firearms for self-defense, while criminals still have an endless supply on the black market.
None of Governor Pritzker’s policies have made a positive impact on the state – just take a quick look at Chicago if you need proof.
Democrats, of course, argue that the state is getting safer, but based on their government’s own data, crime continues to skyrocket in Chicago.
Over the first three weeks of 2023 alone, the city of Chicago has seen a 61% increase in crime, according to the Chicago Police Department.
The lawlessness is making the city and state less appealing for residents, and there’s only one logical outcome.
Illinois moving companies tell the real story
People are moving out of Illinois at record rates, and the state now ranks number one for the number of residents moving out of the state, according to a report from Allied Van Lines.
The report tracks migration across the United States, and highlights which states are seeing the most new residents move in from other states, and those who are seeing the least numbers of new residents.
Based on Allied Van Lines’ report, 65% of their customers in the state of Illinois were hiring the moving company to help them relocate to another state.
The Democrat-controlled state snagged the top position on the report for the fourth year in a row, while Chicago sat at number four on the list of top outbound cities.
The report also indicates that “twenty percent fewer Americans moved in 2022 than in 2021 and 2020.”
Experts rightly cited the COVID pandemic response as a major factor in the recent trend of citizens making an exodus from Democrat-run states, and rising interest rates and home prices certainly haven’t helped matters, but the major losses in Illinois date back to 2018, when both COVID and the current home price crisis didn’t exist.
And regardless of the reasons behind it, the number of residents moving out of Illinois shows no signs of slowing.
It always comes back to the economy
While safety is a major concern for most Americans, Allied Van Lines reported that most who choose to move to a new state cite “financial security” as the biggest contributing factor.
They say that “the most moved to states in 2022” were sought after due to affordability and wage growth.
California’s economic growth is difficult to match with an 8% increase of GDP in 2022.
But that didn’t stop California from earning the number two position for outbound movers in 2022, coming in just behind Illinois.
Allied Van Lines said that this is due to the abnormally high cost of living in the state.
States like Arizona and Texas boast some of the lowest cost of living in the country which leads to more interest by prospective movers.
US Political Daily will keep you updated on any developments to this ongoing story.