By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Experts say over the decade, over 150,000 people have left the state and that number is expected to climb as remote working options increase during the coronavirus pandemic.

“It is hard to keep up with the demand,” said Daniel Carrillo with Pasadena Moving Company. “In our whole history, we’ve never seen that before. We used to have maybe 5% to 7% of our moves out of state.”

The pandemic is not just forcing people to reevaluate finances but reconsider living situations, and as a result, business at local moving companies is surging.

“That affordability motivator for going to a place where they can actually afford to be a homeowner is still there, and now they’ve got that wind in the sails in terms of that flexibility to be able to do that while still keeping their California-based jobs,” Jordan Levine, a Senior Economist with the California Association of Realtors.

Many people are moving from California to nearby states, including Texas, Nevada, Arizona, and in some cases Oregon and Washington, according to Levine.

Some people are also choosing to move to other affordable locations in the state.

“Areas that are more affordable and folks can actually achieve home ownership now that they’re not strapped to these more dense, urban areas,” Levine said.

Businesses are also making the leap to change their headquarters, including Santa Monica-based test prep company Test Max. Soon, it will relocated to Tempe, Arizona.

Tax experts say if you lose your job and move out of state, some of those moving expenses can be deducted.

Additionally, Southern California home prices are currently at record levels.

In August, the median home price in the region was up more than 12% a year earlier, according to data from CoreLogic/DQNews.

Experts say the median home price is being impacted by an increase in luxury homes along with the flexibility of remote working options is sending people away from the city, where they can get more space and amenities.

Comments (30)
  1. Edmund Martinez says:

    Maybe the California legislature and governor should continue to raise minimum wages and increase taxes. That should keep people from leaving…right? Or just tax more of those who can afford to stay or can’t afford to move. That will keep money flowing to Sacramento.

  2. RyanDDavidson says:

    i bsically make About………$6,000 $8,000 A month online………. it’s enough to comfortbly replce my old jobs income, especilly considering i only work About 10-13 hours A week from home.. ….Read More

  3. corporal snark says:

    why would anybody leave a great state that steals from our unemployed at EDD and uses the money to pay state retiree pensions at calpers? california is a great pension-broke third world country.

  4. Get_CA_Sane says:

    The Progressive plan is to drive out middle class privately employed taxpayers leaving the welfare class and wealthy public sector and progressives and tech titans, forming a socialist state that eventually secedes. They have hinted around at this for years. The plan is working as designed by making policies that make CA unliveable for the middle class. Every for sale sign I see and speak with the owner, is people leaving. I have been also working my own exit plan. You see it in Baltimore, Chicago, SF, NY, Seattle, Portland. All the major Democrat run cities are crumbling under this exact same plan. It is bizarre that they keep getting re-elected and many who move actually take those same policies with them and vote the same way! (Austin)

  5. Stunt Kitty Films says:

    We’re under orders to vacate our home of twenty years (under the Ellis Act) and am mortified to discover we can’t afford anything in Los Angeles that does not represent a significant drop in our modest living standard. As seniors, what are we supposed to do?

  6. ??? People , retired Public Employees from state level to city, county, teachers and schools, have been leaving the state for decades. So, what’s new here?
    These retiree’s take our tax funded pensions to other states upon retirement.
    I say, BS. Sure, let them move, but put a harsh penalty on their California taxpayer funded pensions of at least ten percent.
    No reason to spend our tax funded pensions, all of it, in other states.
    Keep some of those dollars here.

  7. Jeremy Do says:

    California is a sinking hellhole.

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