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Is There an Exodus from Washington State? And where are former residents moving to?



DEPENDING ON WHO you are, you either love Seattle or you hate it (or both). In Before Times, your general sentiment about a place might be the reason why you choose to move to a different state, or why you came here in the first place. The pandemic, of course, changed a lot of things, with former Washingtonians seeking space, cheaper living costs, and more flexible job opportunities elsewhere.


According to a recent report by a moving company database, for every 94 searches about moving into Washington state so far this year, there have been 100 searches about moving out. That puts the in-to-out ratio at 0.94. Meanwhile, search data from 2020 and 2021 was at 1.09 and 1.04, respectively, meaning more folks were looking to move into the state in years past.


So where are people moving to and from? In the report, California (13.8 percent), Texas (11.9 percent), and Florida (8.71 percent) were the top three states welcoming former Washingtonians. Funnily enough, new transplants to the Evergreen State are coming from those same three areas: California (25.91 percent), Texas (10.41 percent), and Florida (4.73 percent).


For the report, the company collected search data from January 1 through September 5 of this year, and only from searches on its site—about 20,000—so it’s not a comprehensive measure by any means, but it could be a symptom of the formerly sky-high housing market prices and cost of living.


That said, according to the most recent census data from June of 2022, the net migration of people in Washington was up by about 83,300 from the same time in the previous year. Whether that’s a result of the brisk housing market at the end of 2021,

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