People are clearly leaving California because of bad public policy choices. The state’s roads are poorly maintained. The cost of living is unaffordable. The streets are unsafe, the homelessness problem continues to fester, and economic opportunities are becoming scarcer.
These results are consistent with the new Pacific Research Institute Free Cities index that I authored ranking the 50 largest cities, whether a city promotes pro-growth policies has a huge impact on where people decide to live and where businesses decide to invest.