Reasons People are Leaving Ohio for Other States, in Their Own Words: "More Freedom"

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The state of Ohio offers a unique blend of natural beauty, culture, and friendly communities, making it one of the greatest places to call home.

And while new residents continue to move in, the Buckeye State is experiencing a significant trend of people moving out.

Here are some of the reasons that Ohioans have given for moving to other states, in their own words.

Political Environment

Particular policy decisions and the political environment can be a major consideration for some residents contemplating a move.

On Reddit, a thread discussing the political landscape in Ohio will occasionally pop up. To quote a particular user:

"The hatred between political groups and the murders are enough for me. I really don't count as an Independent anyway. I am on chemotherapy and just wearing a mask here has people calling me a sheeple."

Another user wrote:

"I’ll probably go to Michigan in a couple years. It’s just like Ohio but has more freedom."


Ohio’s weather and climate conditions can also be a major factor contributing to people’s decision to move out. Those who seek a milder climate throughout the year may opt to relocate to states with more favorable weather conditions.

A user on Quora summarizes it well:

"Our meteorology professor at OSU pointed out that Columbus has fewer sunny days per year than London, England. I’d say this is the case for all cities in Ohio. And, being in the Midwest, we have the pleasure of experiencing all weather extremes possible. For instance: long, cold winters with plenty of snow and sleet. Scorchingly humid summers where the temperatures can reach triple digits. And let us not forget tornado season, AKA all months from February through October."

Job Opportunities

In recent years, Ohio has been losing 10% to 40% of its college graduates to other states. So much so, that the state Rep. Jon Cross, R-Kenton, introduced a bill designed to provide incentives to keep some of the state's college graduates from moving to another state. The bill allows college graduates in Ohio to forgo paying income taxes for three years to forgiving college loans completely for out-of-state students seeking degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics if they are in the top 5% of their class and remain in Ohio after graduation.

A Malone University student is quoted in an article:

"I think that college students are more likely to leave Ohio after graduation because of more areas for jobs with better income," she said. "Dense, more metro areas allow for more jobs and higher wages for all types of workers."

What are your thoughts? do you agree with any of the residents mentioned in the article? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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