The U.S. Census Bureau released data on the week before Christmas detailing inward and outward migration throughout the United States between July 1, 2016 and July 1, 2017.
“Domestic migration drove change in the two fastest-growing states, Idaho and Nevada, while an excess of births over deaths played a major part in the growth of the third fastest-growing state, Utah,” opined Luke Rogers, Chief of the Population Estimates Branch.
What about the great Garden State?
Mixed results and continued signs of aversion to high taxes. New Jersey experienced a net negative migration of 332 individuals for that time period; 57,274 residents left for domestic destinations (other states) while the state gained slightly less, 56,942 souls, from international migration.
New Jersey’s net population gain ended up at 27,228, a total driven by a modest positive advantage in births over deaths (101,625 vs. 74,111) and immigration.
Only three states — all of them blue — suffered larger numbers of lost domestic residents: New York, California and Illinois.
Our state’s trouble holding onto residents is not a new problem. What remains to be seen is whether the incoming administration of Democrat Phil Murphy, who has promised to raise taxes by $1.3 billion, drives more New Jerseyans to distant, more affordable states in 2018 and beyond. If past is prologue then we probably already know the answer.