Most of the states where people are leaving are blue states.

Coincidence?

According to the New York Post, more people moved out of New Jersey in 2018 than any other state, according to a new study by United Van Lines – though New York wasn’t far behind.

New Jersey and New York are two of the highest taxed states in America. New Jersey also has some of the most restrictive gun laws in America. They also just elected a liberal Democrat governor to fill the spot of the outspoken Republican governor, Chris Christie.

New Jersey gun laws, long considered among the nation’s strongest, became even stronger in June, with the governor’s signature on a package of firearms legislation.

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Among the six bills are measures to expand gun background checks, tighten the handgun carrying permit process, reduce the legal capacity of ammunition magazines and establish a so-called red flag law, which allows people to petition for guns to be temporarily removed from individuals deemed to be dangerous.

At a bill signing ceremony in Trenton, New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy (D) commended lawmakers and advocates for their work, while vowing to continue the fight against gun violence.

“We are proud to take these actions today, but let there be no doubt, our work is far from done,” said Murphy.

New Jersey, which topped the list of the “most moved from” states, was followed by Illinois, Connecticut, and the Empire State, the moving company’s study found.

New Jersey and Illinois topped the list for highest tax rates in 2016:

New Jersey homeowners paid the highest property taxes in 2016, with an effective tax rate averaging 2.31%, or $8,477, according to a report Thursday by ATTOM Data Solutions.

Following New Jersey on the list were Illinois (2.13% tax rate), Texas (2.06%), New Hampshire (2.03%) and Vermont (2.02%). New York ranked eighth with an effective property tax rate of 1.88%.

The St. Louis-based company on Wednesday released its 42nd annual National Movers Study, which tracks customers’ state-to-state migration patterns.

“The Northeast region continues to see more residents leaving than moving in, with 57 percent of all moves within the Northeast US being outbound moves,” the company said.

Vermont – whose population is the second-smallest in the nation — was the only Northeast state that made the “most moved to” list, topping the list with 72.6 percent of its movers making inbound migrations.

Four Western states filled out the top 5 “moved to” list — Oregon, Idaho, Nevada and Arizona.

The Carolinas, Washington, South Dakota and the District of Columbia almost made the top inbound list.

A 2018 United Van Lines study shows which states people are moving into and which states they’re leaving.

Here’s a United Van Lines interactive map showing where and why people are moving from certain states:

The top inbound states of 2018 were:

  1. Vermont
  2. Oregon
  3. Idaho
  4. Nevada
  5. Arizona
  6. South Carolina
  7. Washington
  8. North Carolina
  9. South Dakota
  10. District of Columbia

New to the 2018 top inbound list are Arizona at No. 5 and District of Columbia at No. 10, with 60.2 percent and 56.7 percent inbound moves, respectively.

Moving Out

The top outbound states for 2018 were:

  1. New Jersey
  2. Illinois
  3. Connecticut
  4. New York
  5. Kansas
  6. Ohio
  7. Massachusetts
  8. Iowa
  9. Montana
  10. Michigan

New Jersey (66.8 percent), which has ranked in the top 10 for the past 10 years, moved up one spot on the outbound list to No. 1. New additions to the 2018 top outbound list include Iowa (55.5 percent), Montana (55 percent) and Michigan (55 percent).

In several states, the number of residents moving inbound was approximately the same as the number moving outbound. Arkansas and Mississippi are among these “balanced states.”

Since 1977, United Van Lines has annually tracked migration patterns on a state-by-state basis. The 2018 study is based on household moves handled by United within the 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C. and ranks states based on the inbound and outbound percentages of total moves in each state. United classifies states as “high inbound” if 55 percent or more of the moves are going into a state, “high outbound” if 55 percent or more moves were coming out of a state or “balanced” if the difference between inbound and outbound is negligible.

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