Blame it on brutal winters, high taxes or the New Jersey Turnpike: The Garden State is the last place where people want to be.
More than two-thirds of all New Jersey moves were outbound in 2019, according to an analysis from United Van Lines.
About a third of people leaving the state cited retirement as a primary reason for relocating, the moving service found.
United Van Lines analyzed 182,186 shipments last year through Dec. 18. New Jersey had a total of 4,059 shipments, of which 2,779 were sent out of state.
This is the second year in a row that the Garden State led the country in the percentage of departures.
“The economics in that state are a little bit uncertain, so we see people leaving,” said Eily Cummings, director of corporate communications at United Van Lines.
Illinois and New York round out the top three states experiencing the highest percentage of outbound traffic, United Van Lines found.
Leaving New Jersey can make good financial sense for some people, particularly if they’re thinking of retirement.
More than 230,000 residents left the state in 2018, according to Census data.
Consider that the Garden State has an effective property tax rate of 2.13%, and state and local property tax collections per capita are $3,127, according to the Tax Foundation.
That’s the top property tax rate and the per-capita property tax collection in the nation.
Taxes on individual income are also among the highest in the country: New Jersey has a top rate of 10.75%, according to the Tax Foundation.