The Los Angeles Times recently reported that conservatives are moving out of California at an unprecedented rate. The Times cited a UC Berkeley study revealing that “just over half of California’s registered voters have considered leaving the state” and that “Republicans and conservative voters were nearly three times as likely as their Democratic or liberal counterparts to seriously have considered moving.” The reasons conservatives gave for wanting to leave were high taxes, cost of living, and an antagonizing, one-sided political culture.
From 2007 to 2016, California lost more than one million residents, or 2.5% of its population. In 2017 alone, 63,175 Californians moved to Texas, the top destination for residents moving out of the Golden State.
High cost of living, thanks in large part to Democrat policies and regulations, has been one of the biggest factors in driving people out. “To buy a house [in El Segundo near Santa Monica] is insane. It’s like $1 million,” complained former California resident Marie Bailey. “Why are we working our butts off for a fixer-upper in El Segundo? We’re just working, working, working — and for what?”