SACRAMENTO – Life has not been easy for almost everyone ever since the pandemic started. However, it takes a whole lot of amazing reasons why one leaves the state or claims that they are fed up living in it.
A report on CBS Sacramento narrates how a couple packed up their bags and decided to leave California.
According to the report, a Sacramento couple is leaving the state because they claim they’re fed up with California in more ways than one. There is no question why Trever Huft and his girlfriend are packing their bags and leaving California. The Natomas residents are sending one last message before they drive to the Lone Star State. Huft wrote on the back of his pick-up truck “Leaving communistic California!”
“I feel like that really sums it up: you do what you are told,” he explained. ”The deciding factor for me is when they required my girlfriend to get a vaccination just to apply for a job,” said Trever.
It’s not just COVID policies, it’s politics, cost of living, and the baby the couple has on the way all factoring into their decision.
“You get taxed for breathing here, it’s horrible,” explained Huft. “That’s not life, that’s just going to work and trying to figure out where your next meal is,” he said.
So, just how many people are there that could be like them?
A study from the University of California found 23 percent of California voters consider leaving the state.
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“From housing affordability to post-pandemic recovery, California is faced with solving a daunting number of existential challenges. To help inform those important public discussions, UC assembled many of the state’s top researchers to provide a data-driven understanding of California’s population trends,” said UC Regent John A. Pérez.
“Sliced and diced by geography, race, income, and other demographic factors, our efforts have produced a clearer picture of who perceives California as the Golden State versus a failed state. The empirical data will be, at once, disappointing to those who want to write California’s obituary, as well as a call to action for policymakers to address the challenges that have caused some to lose faith in the California Dream.”
“In 2019 we saw 653,000 residents leave and only 480,000 people come…so there is a gap but that’s normal in California,” explained Ryan Lundquist, a Sacramento area certified appraiser and housing analyst.
It’s not the number of Californians exiting but the reason why Texas ranked the top destination.
“When people are going to Texas it’s usually about lifestyle. People wanted fewer regulations, fewer rules, affordability…you can get so much more home in most portions of Texas compared to California,” explained Lundquist.
Trever is now looking to set roots in a new home before his first child is born.
“As a father, I want to protect them as much as I can and that is definitely not going to happen here,” he explained.
Trever and his family left for Texas on Tuesday. He says his mother is considering moving as well.