Three reasons people move to Arizona are to run away from something, to run to something, or to die. According to the Atlantic Weekly’s In Focus Column by Alan Taylor on May 16th, 2013, 350 million people legally cross the border between Mexico and the United States annually. There is more crossing this border than any other border on Planet Earth and more than the entire population of the U.S. at 313.9 million (Google Search Data)
Running Away from Something
Jenna Goudreau reported in Forbes Leadership Column, February 7, 2013, the States People are Fleeing in 2013 include New Jersey at the Number One Spot. 6,300 moves in 2012 revealed 62% were outbound out of New Jersey.
People were also fleeing the states Maine, Connecticut, New York, Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin with outbound rates in excess of 55% for the South and the West.
Running to Something
Many of the movers are over age 65 target four destinations; North and South Carolina, Florida and Arizona. Some come to Arizona for jobs and opportunities in hopes of striking it rich. The Federation for American Immigration Reform reported an average of 1,374 persons apprehended at the border between 2001 and 2010 seeking opportunity in the U.S.
Marriages and other relationships become too burdensome and dysfunctional to continue, people move to Arizona from the East and Midwest to begin again in a place where few to none know who they are. These left behind things not working according to plan for a fresh start in the desert southwest of Arizona. My Arizona Living reports people move to Arizona to leave behind the cold climates for warmer temperatures and 300 plus annual days of sunshine.
Some Come to Die
As seniors seek out destinations in the south and west, it will be the final stops of the many for lives given in service to the families, their businesses and their country. It is not only the scenario for seniors with less time before them than behind them, but also for many trying to cross the Arizona border from Mexico and other Central American Countries.
Will Bunch’s article for the Huffington – Post January 11, 2011reported Arizona is the place where the America Dream went to die. He went on to say, “Arizona was held out as a promised land -- for retirees looking to write the closing chapters of life under heavenly skies, for immigrants who would meet the bottomless demand for hard work, for families looking to raise their kids into this thriving and up-and-coming economy, buoyed by boundless real estate and low taxes.”
People are leaving the Eastern and Midwestern States for the South and West. Aware of it or not, people move to Arizona to run away from something, to run to something, or to die.