(I posted this previously on the member feed on the other place, and was asked to put it somewhere that could be publicly linked.)
Had it up to here with your wallet-filching, bossy, sanctimonious state or local government and/or neighbors? Ready to bail out of that blue state for good, light out for the Promised Land, and put down new roots? There’s a lot of it going around.
As always, look before you leap. In this age of the Intertubes, there’s plenty of free data available to do advance screening before hitting the road to see what feels right in person. I went through this exercise in the early 2010’s (resulting in a retirement move from CA to ID) and recently dug up a list of the data sources I used at the time. I’ve reviewed it to update the links and add new as appropriate. That list, less some personal interest items, is what follows, with commentary.
City-Data: Compilations of a wide variety of open source demographic, economic, and environmental data by town, county, metro. A large Forum area organized by geography where you can talk to locals and other would-be refugees.
Best Places: Free-mium site with free public data, subscription required for deeper analysis.
Freedom – It’s why you’re moving, right?
Cato Institute, Freedom in the 50 states – Overall and by topic rankings, with data
Taxes – Current Situation
Could your new home turn into a tax hell?
Health and Education
Ready to Move?
Wolf Street: Blog runs periodic updates on major metro sale and rental trends
This is offered in the interests of turning grumbling into action. There’s not a week goes by that we don’t look at each other, on hearing some new craziness out of California, and say ‘Boy did we do the right thing!’ That can be you, too!
If you have good sources of data for these or other relevant topics, please post them in the comments.
Edited by röcklöbster for formatting.