The divisive specter of partisan politics is casting a shadow over many Texans, as ideological battles take center stage. The state experienced a surge of popularity following the pandemic, which drove up home prices by 30%, and was initially seen as a bastion of freedom against government overreach.
One Reddit user cited, “Is anyone genuinely considering moving out of Texas to the North? I’m a lifelong Texan and love so much about the state… but there are equally good reasons for leaving. The Climate, The Healthcare, The Grid, The Politics,The Educational Opportunities, The Money, Etc.. Etc…”
Although many have moved to the state to take advantage of cheap healthcare, nearly 500,000 people left the state between 2021 and 2022, but still producing a net gain of 174,261 people.
The fear is that as the political climate becomes more polarized, and housing costs continue to rise, it could lead to a mass exodus of even more people. And, surprisingly, this could result in more people going back to California, which has an average salary of 73,220 compared to Texas’s 57,300.
I spoke with one resident, Sarah, who is an accountant, and is leaving, said, “I’m tired of the constant beating of the pollical war drum. I’m ready for a change. She added that the states position on abortion, cemented her resolve to leave the state.
Infrastructure, a critical component of any thriving society, is also being held hostage by partisan bickering. The pressing issues of roads, bridges, and public transportation are being overshadowed by political grandstanding, leaving Texans to contend with crumbling infrastructure that desperately needs attention.
Will this exodus come to fruition? Only time, economics, and politics, will tell.
What are your thoughts? ⬇️