California remains a dream location for millions of people from around the world. However, many residents of the state are seeking relocation to Oregon, Texas, Arizona, Washington, and Nevada. 653,551 Californians left the state in 2019 with 41,100 moving to Oregon. Why are so many CA residents leaving the state? What are the pros and cons of living in Oregon? In this guide, we will discuss why CA may not be one of the best places to live in the country anymore, and why moving to Oregon might be a better decision for a lot of people.
If we look at statistics, we will find that Oregon is one of several American states, where the number of immigrants is almost equal to the number of people who were born in it. However, not everyone enjoy living in the state because of various factors like climate, weather, the cost of living, housing cost, availability of jobs, a good university, and other reasons. They think of moving out after some time. If we compare Oregon Vs. California, we will find that 57% of the current residents of Oregon have moved here from other states, most often from Washington and California. According to a study by Josh Lehner, almost every fifth resident of Oregon was born in California – 18% of the population compared to 43% of born locals. This impressive data seems unbelievable, but there are several apparent reasons for this:
The cost of living in San Francisco, the Bay Area, Los Angeles, San Jose, San Diego, Sacramento, and many other regions is much higher than the average living cost in the US;
State income tax is the highest in the country;
Lack of public transport and high traffic congestion in the big cities;
A lot of poverty and many homeless people;
California is on the seismic zone and often suffers from severe disasters;
High cost of starting a business;
High crime rate in California.
Unfortunately, the biggest part of people who move to California get disappointed with life here rather quickly. That is why both locals and newly arrived people come to the conclusion to leave the state forever.