As major cities (most which are run by democrat mayors, and often democrat governors) continue to see significant increases in violent crime rates – people are fleeing.
New York, Chicago, L.A., Portland, Seattle are off the hook with a high tolerance for illegal and violent behavior including homicide, assault, and significant property destruction. It appears that the individuals in leadership for those municipalities are wholly negligent with regard to the health, welfare, and safety of their citizens in the name of social justice – people are taking a proactive approach to ensure their safety and the safety of their families. Numerous publications have been sharing this information with us, even before the violence reached critical levels.
Update: September 21, 2020, DOJ issues statement condemning violence in Portland, Seattle, and NY City. See article: DOJ releases scathing condemnation of NY, Portland, Seattle: “endangering innocent citizens”
An accumulation of factors are creating a mass exodus and people seeking that quiet little cabin in the woods (with internet of course): increase in violent crimes, loss of police to aid public safety, perception that a less-dense population minimizes personal risk of contracting Coronavirus, job loss, household financial instability, racial tensions more prominent in urban areas, and increased acceptance of telecommuting options for individuals in the workplace. Here are a few of many articles we’ve read (mostly liberal-leaning publications) that provide various opinions and additional thoughts:
NBC News: July 19, 2020 People are moving out of the crime-ridden and collapsing cities: “people are interested in moving and there seems to be an increasing appeal in properties outside of cities.”
Treehugger: July 15, 2020 People are moving out of the crime-ridden and collapsing cities: (quoting Redfin CEO: “We have seen that people are more interested in that house at the foot of the mountains by the lake. Rural demand is much stronger right now than urban demand, and that’s a flip from where it’s been for the longest time, where everybody wanted to live in the city. We’ll see how it comes out, but there seems to be a profound, psychological change among consumers.”
The Hill: July 5, 2020 People are moving out of the crime-ridden and collapsing cities: “Citizens of all ages and incomes are moving in record numbers to suburban areas and small towns.”
Motley Fool: May 14, 2020 People are moving out of the crime-ridden and collapsing cities: “by late March, the seven-day average change in page views of homes in rural and small towns was up 115% and 88%, respectively.”
CNBC: April 17, 2020 People are moving out of the crime-ridden and collapsing cities: “There has been a ‘flip’ to demand in rural areas and away from cities…” Redfin CEO, April.
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