The US States Americans Are Fleeing (And The Places They're Flocking To)

20. Michigan

Downtown Grand Rapids Michigan view from the Grand River
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High unemployment and low-wage jobs is a bad mix.

Outbound moves: 50.2%

Although Michigan begins our list of the top states people are fleeing, things aren’t all bad in the Great Lake State.

Michigan dropped 13 spots from last year’s United Van Lines list, and outbound moves are down by 6.6 percentage points.

However, unemployment remains high in Michigan at 6.9% in November, and life can be hard even for people who do find a job. Low wages are the norm, with most jobs paying less than $20 per hour.

Homerinthedetails, a redditor, feels Michigan also lacks a cultural hub.

“That means less fine arts, no world-class museums, fewer jobs in banking/finance. People who prefer/need big cities usually head for Chicago, New York, Boston or San Francisco,” they wrote.

“And the winters, oh god, the winters. They go on and on and on, and they are so dreary.”