"The main factors are housing costs in many parts of the state, including coastal regions of California such as the Bay Area," said Dan Hamilton, director of economics with the Economic Forecasting Center at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.
"California has seen negative outward migration to other states for 22 of the last 25 years."
It's even hitting the Bay area, as one-third of those surveyed by the Bay Area Council (composed of nine counties) indicated that they'd like to get out of there soon.
"They are tired of the expense of living here. They are tired of the state of California and the endless taxes here," said Scott McElfresh, a certified moving consultant. "People are getting soaked every time they turn around."
That'll do it; even Leftists will only put up with rising taxes and fees for so long. One woman and her sister had a $724,000 house in a gated community in San Jose. They sold that and moved to Ohio, where they bought a house for $300,000. And incur far less in taxation.
A lot of others there are doing the same thing; even with six-figure salaries, they're unable to keep up with rising rents, taxes and fees - and put food on the table.
It used to be the Golden State. Any more, not so much. Unfortunately, these folks are incapable of learning: having experienced first-hand the reality that accompanies unfettered Leftism, they pack up and move - and bring their Leftist perspectives with them. If it's not working in California, maybe it'll work in Ohio or North Carolina....