California residents fleeing to Nevada and Arizona as high taxes, home prices force them out

Fox News | 7/25/2019 | Benjamin Brown
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California had the highest out-migration flows among any other place in the country as more people look to neighboring states like Nevada and Arizona to avoid the high taxes and find a cheaper cost of living.

LAS VEGAS -- After five years of living in sunny California, Billy Mitchell decided to leave the Golden State for the Nevada desert, where he could get more bang for his buck.

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“It’s ridiculous. The house I was living in, I was in Orange County in Fullerton, and it was maybe 1,300 square feet, one bathroom – it was a nice place and all but it was about $150,000 more than this place,” Mitchell said as he gave a tour of his newly purchased, 2,100-square-foot home in Henderson, Nev.

For $150,000 less, Mitchell’s new home sits on nearly a third of an acre and also has a pool. He, along with roughly 660,000 other people, decided to move out of California to avoid high taxes and find a cheaper cost of living in neighboring states like Nevada and Arizona, according to Census data.

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California had the highest out-migration than any other state in the country, followed by Texas, with 467,338 out movers, and New York, with 452,580, according to 2017 US Census data. Los Angeles County alone had 312,000 people moving to a different area within the past year.

As the California housing bubble continues to squeeze out middle-class homeowners -- with some living on the street, in their cars or in illegal boats -- a growing number of people are moving out and heading a little further east.

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Nigel and Elaine Duncan spent a hot, summer afternoon driving around Las Vegas searching for their next home after making the move from Pasadena, Calif.

“You cannot get this house in this particular area. It doesn’t exist in Pasadena. If it did...
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