Top 10 Reasons For Flocking To Florida

Why are people and businesses Flocking to Florida, as Catturd indicates, despite the hellishly-hot, swampy-humid summers (and high risk of Hurricanes)?

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Top 10 Reasons For Flocking To Florida

  1. No state income taxes
  2. No shutting down economy (i.e. bankrupting small businesses and entrepreneurs)
  3. No mask mandates
  4. No vaccine passports (remember 1979’s Swine Flu Scamdemic?)1 Citizen Free Press shared this video/article, too.
  5. No “peaceful” protests with impunity
  6. No salt-caked roads in winter2 Salt accelerates rusting — and depreciation of value — of vehicles.
  7. Stand your ground personal defense
  8. Concealed carry personal defense
  9. Election integrity and transparency
  10. Trending to better uphold the U.S. Constitution

Evidence and Data

So, how does Catturd‘s anecdotal evidence relate to state-to-state migration trends and states’ population growth rates? Well, based on a couple of data sets that we highlight below, Catturd’s comment seems quite accurate.

Descriptive Comparison Data

We glanced at two sets of data to glean trends about population migration and growth rates.

U-Haul’s Migration Trends 2020

  • Per Florida Daily, “U-Haul calculates growth states by the net gain of one-way moves with U-Haul trucks entering a state versus leaving that state over the course of a calendar year.”
  • The data’s weakness: it doesn’t account for the size (population, geographic, and existing infrastructure) of the respective states, so states with smaller ‘size’ such as Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, and such will be under-stated relative to states with bigger ‘sizes’ such as Florida, California, Ohio, and Texas.
  • The data’s strength:

While U-Haul migration trends do not correlate directly to population or economic growth, the Company’s growth data is an effective gauge of how well cities and states are attracting and maintaining residents.

U-Haul migration trends

U.S. Census Bureau estimates 2020

  • The data estimates year-over-year population growth by state (2019 vs 2020)
  • The data’s strength: it provides the percentage change to a state’s population.
  • The data’s weakness: it doesn’t account for migration, especially immigration. So states can still have positive population growth (immigration) despite experiencing a net loss (migration out) by long-time residents.

Table Data | Comparison

Below is the table data of U-Haul Migration Trends (net number of one-way truck rentals to/from a state) and Census Population Estimates (percent change, 2019 to 2020).

Note that the numbers in parentheses following the states in each column are the ranks of that particular state with respect to the second data set. For example, Florida is ranked number three (3) in the U-Haul Migration Trends and has the number nine (9) in parenthesis. The number nine references the rank of Florida in the Census Population data set (and vice versa).

RankU-Haul Migration Trends
(# of one-way trucks)
Fastest Growing States
(% of pop.)
1Tennessee (14)Idaho (30)
2Texas (5)Nevada (8)
3Florida (9)Arizona (5)
4Ohio (36)Utah (17)
5Arizona (3)Texas (2)
6Colorado (8)South Carolina (15)
7Missouri (28)Washington (36)
8Nevada (2)Colorado (6)
9North Carolina (10)Florida (3)
10Georgia (11)North Carolina (9)
U-Haul migration trends and population change by state in 2020.

Reconcile Anecdote to Data

So, is there also credence to Catturd’s anecdotal evidence that people are flocking to florida to live and not just to vacation? The data indicates, yes.

Florida is ranked three (3) in the U-Haul Migration list and number nine (9) for population growth. The data also reveal that Texas, Arizona, and Nevada are more popular than Florida. Colorado has similar popularity to Florida. North Carolina is popular, but noticeably less so than Florida and Colorado.

Of course, Idaho’s population is surging.

If one inspects the source data that we linked to in the section “Descriptive Comparison Data,” one will find that Idaho’s population increased by a whopping estimated 6.3% in 2020!

We encourage you to explore the linked data sources since they include several dynamic tables and infographics that enable a more granular perspective about these migration and population trends. Also, the infographic at PEW research shows estimated population change from just 2019 to mid-2020. It reveals that the governors of several states that issued draconian lock-down mandates, including California, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania (among others), lost population during that brief period, to nobody’s surprise.

Closing Words

Now you. What do you think the primary reasons are for people flocking to Florida, Idaho, Texas, Arizona, and Nevada (among others) and leaving places such as New York, New Jersey, Michigan, California, and several other states?

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3 thoughts on “Top 10 Reasons For Flocking To Florida”

  1. “The people of these counties and their elected officials have had it up to here with unconstitutional dictates and mandates,” retired Sheriff Richard Mack, the founder and chief of CSPOA, told The Epoch Times in an interview. “The leadership of Elko County is an example to all Nevada and the entire country that tyranny will no longer be acceptable.”

    Under the measure, county officials, including the sheriff and deputies, are strictly bound by their oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution and protect the rights of constituents—even if that means defying what they view as unconstitutional orders, mandates, decrees, or statues from state or federal authorities.

    “This is the peaceful and effective solution millions of Americans have been praying for to take back America county by county and state by state,” Mack continued.

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_morningbrief/2-nevada-counties-go-constitutional_3856641.html

    “Every cop that enforces unconstitutional laws is the only way tyranny moves forward. Once police and military stick to their oath, the game is over.”

  2. Coventry League’s last item on the list, “#10 trending to uphold the Constitution,” is evidenced by this: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis “Signs Bill to Stop Big Tech Censorship of Floridians.”

    * Courts may award up to $100,000 in damages to an individual if a social media platform censors or shadowbans a user’s content, deplatforms a user, or if it hasn’t applied censorship or deplatforming standards in a consistent manner, according to the text of the bill.

    * The law also blocks Big Tech from deplatforming Floridian political candidates. The Florida Election Commission will impose fines of $250,000 per day on any social media company that deplatforms any candidates for statewide office. The fine is $25,000 per day when deplatforming candidates for other offices.

    Also, just as Coventry League indicated would likely happen, and is happening, with more and more states enabling gold and silver as legal tender in their respective states, ““We are seeing other states now following suit,” [the Governor] he said. “It starts in Florida but it doesn’t end in Florida.”

  3. Governor DeSantis pardons Florida gym owners prosecuted over mask mandate.

    “Floridians should not be penalized for rejecting the overreach of local authorities through unnecessary mask mandates.”

    “The fact is it’s not even right to be wearing masks when you’re exercising. The World Health Organization advises against it. It’s not healthy for people to be doing that in the first place, so it was a bad restriction, but these things with health should be advisory, they should not be punitive, and so we are happy to use our constitutional authority. I think they’ve been treated poorly and fortunately, they got a governor that cares.”

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