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15 States Americans Don't Want To Live In Anymore

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2. What's Not To Love About New Jersey
People are leaving New Jersey primarily for economic reasons. In 2018, New Jersey had the highest number of millionaires per capita of any state. Smart Asset reports that New Jersey is a "notoriously expensive state to live in." Housing costs are high, and so are taxes. In fact, property tax in New Jersey is the highest in the nation. 

And, if that wasn't reason enough to leave, the Sierra Club reports all but one county in New Jersey is ranked among the25 worst in the nation for ground-level ozone. Nine of those counties were given an "F" by the American Lung Association for ground-level ozone. The primary source for this type of pollution is vehicle emissions. 

There's also the climate. With cold winter and hot, humid summers, many of those leaving are looking for better weather, especially retirees.