Top States People Will Be Moving From in 2021 - Stateside Movers

With all the changes and new way of life 2020 has brought us, where will people be moving away from in 2021? Find out below.

The year 2020 has been full of surprises, with no signs of a return to normalcy as we move into 2021. The coronavirus pandemic and the current political upheaval have led many people to consider changing their lives and moving out of state. Several major cities nationwide have seen an outward migration for years, and the changes of 2020 have simply increased that migration rate. We can expect those same trends to continue throughout 2021.

Many people are choosing to move because of the coronavirus pandemic. Just under 16 million people have already moved in 2020 because of it. This months-long pandemic, which should continue well into 2021, if not longer, has changed the landscape of the world. Many schools are operating remotely and millions of workers are telecommuting. Without ties to a brick-and-mortar office, many employees are reconsidering where they have to live. People who have lost their jobs leave to look for work elsewhere. Other people with concerns about the virus want to move to areas with a smaller population density. Others simply see a chance to get away from expensive housing and long commutes. These factors have led to a population drain in certain parts of the country.

Of course, the coronavirus is not the only reason people move. High taxes, lack of affordable housing, and lack of good jobs are other factors that lead people to move out-of-state. With the current economic and coronavirus forecast, here are the top states that people will be moving from in 2021.

New York

Its high tax rates and expensive cost of living have pushed people out of New York for years, and the coronavirus pandemic has increased that trend. Two major urban areas of New York, Manhattan and Brooklyn, have seen massive migration during the pandemic. Some people felt suffocated in the city during the strict lockdown. Others saw no reason to stay in such an expensive state when they were working remotely anyway.

New Jersey

New Jersey has a similar economic climate and cost of living to New York, so it is no surprise that it is experiencing a similar outward migration. Many New Jersey residents commute to New York City, but as their jobs become remote, they no longer need to live so close to the city. Many people are choosing to move out of New Jersey to get away from the high taxes and expensive cost of living.


Like New York, Connecticut has a high cost of living and a high tax burden. It also has many residents who used to commute to New York and now work remotely. Remote workers may see this as a chance to take their salary to a less expensive part of the country.


A high cost of living and a lack of affordable housing are the main reasons people are moving out of Massachusetts. Boston, in particular, is home to young workers who are more inclined to pick up and try something new, especially if they are working remotely anyway.


Its high tax rates and a poor economy are two of the biggest reasons people are moving out of Illinois. In 2020, Chicago has already seen a massive outward migration that should continue into 2021. Some of that migration is caused by remote workers leaving the city for a more affordable lifestyle elsewhere, and some of it is caused by the increased gang violence in the city.


While California has an iconic image as a state people move to, in fact, it has a net population loss right now. Its high cost of living is a common reason that people move out of California. Many people realize they could afford a better life on the same salary somewhere else. San Francisco, which is very expensive and has a lack of affordable housing, has experienced a dramatic population loss during the coronavirus pandemic.


While Kansas is a relatively affordable place to live, its job opportunities are often low-paying. Many people, especially younger people, leave the state in hopes of better job prospects.


Unemployment has long been a driving factor behind people moving out of Louisiana. The coronavirus pandemic, with its negative impact on the economy, has led even more people to leave the state.


This state has had high unemployment rates and low wages for years. People leave Michigan hoping for better opportunities elsewhere.

The shifting demographics that we have seen in 2020 should continue into 2021. The coronavirus pandemic has given some people the freedom to pick up and try out life in a new state. Job opportunities, tax burden, and cost of living should continue to be the driving factors behind which states people are moving out of as we move from 2020 into 2021.

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