Residents Fleeing New Jersey In Record Numbers

It’s not just you: many New Jersey residents are thinking of leaving the state to go somewhere with less oppressive taxes. And many have already left. 

According to data compiled by United Van Lines, for every 10 moves in New Jersey, 7 are outbound, meaning for every 1 person moving into New Jersey, 3 are leaving. That’s the worst ratio in the entire country. On the opposite end of the spectrum are low-tax havens like Idaho, Vermont, and South Carolina, where 70%-75% of all moves are inbound.

The moves have little to do with the coronavirus crisis; in its last “Annual Movers” study, released prior to the Covid crisis, United Van Lines showed that 68.5% of moves in New Jersey were residents leaving the state, and that the New Jersey was in the top-10 of states in the percentage of outbound moves.

Several studies have already shown that New Jersey’s economy has suffered greatly due to its high-tax environment pushing people out of the state, with tens of billions of economic output lost.

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9 COMMENTS

    • They are not moving out of Lakewood. They are moving out of the high income areas. Your income tax will just go up and your services will go down. If you really want trees and grass, you could just move to the Pinelands.

  1. Using data from one moving company is not an good way of following trends. Maybe most people leaving NJ are just using a different company to move (perhaps the UVL’s pricing structure makes them more expensive then their competitors to leave NJ while cheaper to come into NJ.

    • UVL is one of the largest interstate movers, and their analytics have been used for years.
      As interstate movers very much prefer two way moving (as you don’t want to drive back empty trucks), you can bet they try their hardest to be competitive on the return trip.
      The numbers are even scarier when you look at the income percentage, for the average income for inbound moves is lower than outbound moves.

  2. So they not counting Lakewood because no one in Lakewood uses uvl. Not in or out. So really numbers as Lakewood has long been the fastest growing municipality in the northeast

  3. This for sure does not apply to Lakewood. NYC is emptying out for various reasons & many frum people are moving to Lakewood. So #1, Lakewood resident, there will be less trees, less grass, less open areas, more density & traffic.

  4. Good! They’ll make more room for us.
    Most are only moving to those inbound states of low taxes, few regulations, inexpensive hosing as a result of the internet thus earning their living remotely- on line; otherwise most couldn’t earn a dime in those states.

  5. Whats shocking is that this data has been available for years, its not changing and, yet, our politicians in Trenton won’t change their policies. Every year more and more people move and Trenton is STILL taxing the Wazoo out of everyone and everything.
    Weird.

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