MASS EXODUS: Continued Migration From Major U.S. Cities To More Affordable States Amid Rising Crime and High Cost of Living


Over the past year, many Americans have chosen to move from the nation’s three largest cities, New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, to cities in the Sun Belt region, such as Miami, Houston, and Atlanta. The highest move-in rate was recorded in Houston, with 55.7% of moves happening within or into the city, according to the National Association of Realtors. Miami was one of four Florida cities to make the top ten among cities with a population of over 150,000, with a move-in rate of 55.2%.

On the other hand, major cities like New York, Chicago, Detroit, and San Francisco saw a decline in their move-in rate, with New York dropping from nearly 60% in 2019 to below 50% in 2023. Los Angeles also saw a decline of over 16% from 2019, and had a move-in rate of over 51%.

The reason behind this migration trend is a combination of rising crime rates and continued inflation in these cities. Crime has been a major issue, particularly in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco, where offenses were up nearly 23% in New York in 2022, and continued to rise in Chicago in 2023.

In addition to crime, the cost of living in these cities is also a significant concern. Housing prices, especially in cities like Manhattan, have become unaffordable, with the median rent reaching an all-time high of $4,000 per month. The high cost of rent is due to the competition for housing and the end of special deals that lowered rent for those affected by the pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic also led to a massive influx of migrants in New York City and other major cities, which has added to the pressure on the housing market. New York City alone has received more than 43,000 asylum seekers since last spring, leading to the setup of emergency shelters at hotels and the construction of mass housing for the migrants.

In conclusion, the migration trend from major cities to the Sun Belt region is driven by a combination of factors, including rising crime rates, continued inflation, and the unaffordable cost of living in these cities. The COVID-19 pandemic has also had a significant impact on the migration trend, with many New Yorkers fleeing the city, and the influx of migrants adding to the pressure on the housing market.

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  1. The outward migration from the largest cities has multiple impacts on the frum community. It risks the real estate investments many Yidden have made (especially in their homes,and also in community owned buildings). It would mean moving to smaller communities, which will profoundly transform the Jewish communities in those places.

  2. These movers will continue to vote democrat and ruin their new surroundings with the same policies that ruined the places they are coming from. Pathetic. This is all due to the brainwashing done by our education system.

  3. This is nothing new. If everyone who arrived to Ellis Island stayed in NYC, it would be like Beijing.
    Some Jew feel -understandably – challenged by new environments, so they stay in Greater NY area.

  4. Folks movin’ out of them big cities (San Fransisco, pop 820 thousand) and into li’l southern towns (Houston, pop 2.3 million) because of the high crime (San Fransisco, violent: 39.6, property: 50.4) compared to the destination spots (Houston, violent. 50.4, 63.2)!

  5. Bigger cities used to mean 100 yrs ago diverse culture better schools hospitals Doctor city pase, I think with with idea of someone being slashed mugged killed is 100% happening to someone everyday even in the affluent neighborhoods all those considerations fall to wayside. Oh yah and who can afford it?
    The fact you see the homeless on streets repeat criminals on streets What’s left besides nostalgia for what was? Need a moving van ?sorry it was stolen and cops to busy giving out tickets for rats