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Residents continue to flee NJ, study finds

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More residents are moving out of New Jersey than are moving in, according to a report released by North American Moving Services. The company has released migration reports since 2011 based on customer movement trends. 

According to the report, New Jersey is one of six states with majority outbound migration since 2011. The others include New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois and Minnesota.

New Jersey’s outbound migration has mostly been offset by the increase in international immigration, which contributes to some reports suggesting New Jersey will become a minority majority state within the next decade.

Outbound migration trends have been a popular talking point for politicians in New Jersey, typically mentioned in tandem with rising property taxes and cost of living. However, outbound migration is a trend across many Northeast states.

Over the past few decades, studies have shown more Americans are moving to warmer climates.

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Arthur Augustyn

Arthur Augustyn


Arthur Augustyn grew up in Massachusetts and previously covered the video game industry in Los Angeles, city politics in Malibu, California, and local news in Bergen County before working at NJBIZ. He currently covers cannabis, government and tech.

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An anonymous reader January 22, 2018 3:23 pm

No real surprise except for PA. These are all over taxed, over regulated anti business States. People will always live where the jobs are. Has very little to do with climate. All about quality of life. To afford to live in these States you must be either rich or poor.

JS January 23, 2018 9:23 am

I fled that forsaken place 20-odd years ago and never looked back. Granted, NJ has some great features (the shore, for example) but I lived in the overcrowded, ridiculously-paced northeastern/ NYC metro part of the state. I was able to double my living standard by moving out here where the salaries were comparable at the time but the cost of living was about half of what it was there. Not to mention that I gained a much more relaxed lifestyle and easier access to lots of great outdoor activities far away from city crowds. I could never go back. Never.

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