Where D.C. residents would move to if they left the DMV
You all are California dreamin' — when it comes to places you would move if you left the DMV.
- In our Axios D.C. survey from last week, 13% picked California as their top destination. The warmth, beautiful nature, and the ocean all added up for readers.
Why it matters: Our survey of 828 readers is hardly scientific, but it happens to track with recent migration trends.
State of play: California was the top state — after Maryland — for D.C. residents to move to up until the pandemic, according to census data.
- After 2019, the Golden State fell outside the top five destinations.
- Meanwhile, North Carolina, which ranked third among our readers, became more popular during the pandemic for outmigration, ranking third among states in 2020-21.
Still, California's charm endures for DMV residents, thanks to the state's "surf, weather, environmental laws, mountains" and "fun people."
- One reader who picked Los Angeles appreciated that it's "a lot more laid back, less career focused."
- "It's got a ton of issues, but I love SF," one respondent wrote.
By the numbers: New York came in second place with 10% of readers, with North Carolina close behind at 9%.
- Many readers cited the latter's lower cost of living in cities such as Charlotte and Raleigh as a top reason.
Thought bubble: As a D.C. native who briefly lived in Sacramento a few years ago, I also vote for California!
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