Florida has ranked as the number one destination in the U.S. for state-to-state migration each of the last two years while California has come in dead last both years.
Over the last two years, a net of 454,227 people moved from other states to Florida, led by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, while a net of -749,529 Californians fled the west coast Democrat stronghold, led by California Governor Gavin Newsom.
“Americans are leaving failed leftist states and moving to Florida in record numbers,” said DeSantis Press Secretary Jeremy Redfern. “This movement exhibits the success of Governor DeSantis’ conservative policy agenda.”
Under Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Florida became a safe haven for freedom loving Americans who were looking to escape blue states that restricted their freedoms during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The two states are moving in opposite directions with California seeing an increase in crime, while Florida sees a drop in crime.
Florida, on the other hand, is ranked as the best economy in the nation, with CNBC calling it “white hot.” The CATO Institute currently ranks Florida as the top state in the country for fiscal policy freedom, which it says consists of “taxes, government employment, spending, debt, and fiscal decentralization.” The institute also ranks Florida first in economic freedom, which includes fiscal and regulatory policy. The state also leads the country in new business startups.
DeSantis and Newsom are set to debate each other for 90 minutes in Georgia on November 30 during a Fox News special with host Sean Hannity. The event was planned after Newsom repeatedly taunted DeSantis to debate him.