Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Michael Barone's Demographic Realignment of America

I cannot recommend enough reading this insightful article by Michael Barone on the Wall Street Journal. He discusses migration of non-immigrant and immigrant populations within the United States.

One of the key points he makes is about the flight of the middle class from the coastal cities to the interior cities. Putting on my CPA cap, I made this observation that Barone does briefly touch upon.

There is some sort of relationship between taxes and the patterns. The states with the largest middle class flight (MA, CA, NY, CT, NJ) also, interestingly enough, have the highest tax burdens, while the states with the largest growth (AZ, GA, NV, NC, TX) have much much lower taxes.

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