By Brian Costin -
While we are still waiting for government agencies to release post-2011 income tax hike state-to-state migration data, United Van Lines, or UVL – America’s largest moving company – released its 35th and 36th annual migration studies covering the 2011 and 2012 years. According to the company, this study is based on the more than 146,000 interstate household moves handled by UVL among the 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C.
Illinois out migration ranking was #1 in the year of the massive 2011 income tax hike, and #2 in 2012. New Jersey was the only state with a worse outbound traffic rate in 2012, and they were suffering from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Perhaps hurricanes are the only thing that drives out more residents than Illinois’ high-tax environment.