New York, California suffer biggest blow as more Americans flee to low-tax states

New York, California suffer biggest blow as more Americans flee to low-tax states

The exodus from high-tax states accelerated in 2022. 

A rising variety of Americans migrated from predominantly blue states with steep taxes like California and New York to crimson states with decrease taxes like Florida and Texas final yr, in accordance to a Bank of America analyst notice that’s primarily based on findings from U.S. Census Bureau information and U-Haul charges.

Although all the U.S. inhabitants as an entire grew by simply 0.4% between July 2021 and July 2022, the info underscores main variations in inhabitants progress on the state stage. 

The South, which has states with a number of the lowest particular person revenue taxes within the nation, was the fastest-growing area. Its inhabitants elevated far sooner than the nationwide common, leaping by about 1.1% – or roughly 1.4 million individuals final yr – a phenomenon described as the “Sun Belt migration.” The area additionally benefited from about 870,000 Americans who left different components of the nation for hotter climates and decrease taxes.


A truck is seen in entrance of a U-Haul facility on Aug. 31, 2020, in New York City.  (John Lamparski/Getty Images / Getty Images)

By state, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Arizona, South Carolina and Tennessee led the migration progress, in accordance to the analyst notice led by Rafe Jadrosich. In whole, Florida noticed its inhabitants develop by 319,000, whereas Texas saw an increase of 231,000. 

Neither Texas nor Florida have a state revenue tax.

In whole, six states within the high third forgo taxes on wage revenue, in accordance to a separate evaluation from the nonpartisan Tax Foundation, a gaggle that advocates for decrease taxes. Florida, Texas, South Dakota, Tennessee and Nevada don’t impose a person revenue tax, nor does Washington, which taxes capital positive aspects however not revenue. 

On the opposite finish of the spectrum, California, New York and Illinois, which have a number of the highest tax burdens within the nation, noticed the biggest inhabitants declines in 2022. 

U-Haul transferring vans in Fort Collins on Feb. 19, 2014. U-Haul is an American tools rental firm based in 1945. People can lease vans amongst different issues and transfer their belongings.

“This inhabitants shift paints a transparent image,” stated Janelle Fritts, a coverage analyst on the Tax Foundation. “People left high-tax, high-cost states for lower-tax, lower-cost alternate options.”

Among the underside third, 5 states – California, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, and Oregon – have double-digit revenue tax charges, in accordance to the Tax Foundation.


About 343,000 Californians left the state final yr, in contrast to about 300,000 New Yorkers. Illinois noticed roughly 142,000 residents go away the state.  

“The Census information and these trade research can’t inform us precisely why every individual moved, however there is no such thing as a denying a really sturdy correlation between low-tax, low-cost states and inhabitants progress,” Fritts stated. “With many states responding to strong revenues and heightened state competitors by chopping taxes, these developments could solely get bigger.”