This is a serious suggestion: if you’re a young liberal looking to get ahead, sure, move to the Pacific coast. Just avoid California like the plague.
Travis H. Brown, author of How Money Walks, points to IRS figures that track the flow of wealth from some states and to others. From 1992 -2010, California was a net loser of $45.27 billion in adjusted gross income. $6.02 billion of that went to Texas. Texas, on the other hand, gained $24.94 billion in AGI during those years, with California the top source for transfers.
Sure, I know, that map is telling you that it’s probably smarter to move to Texas, the Sunbelt, or the lower Atlantic. But this is advice for liberals, remember? And the advice is saying: move to Washington State. California is hemorrhaging wealth like nobody’s business; it’ll probably be a while before the Left can do the same to Washington and Oregon.
PS: Yes, I know: this advice, if taken, will negatively impact my Washington state and Oregon readers. Sorry, folks, but I think that the American productive class has already internalized this advice anyway.