The Golden State has one of the highest costs of living in the nation. It also requires residents to pay more in state and local taxes than any other state except Connecticut, New Jersey and New York. The Tax Foundation estimates that California residents pay 11.2 percent of their income toward income, sales, property and other taxes.
First, high taxes and regulations drove businesses out of blue cities; now retirees are the ones who are being advised to consider settling elsewhere. And notice that avoiding these cities isn’t just a way for greedy retirees to escape taxes. Many of the cities on this list have both higher-than-average taxes and government spending on the one hand, and high crime rates on the other. All have lower quality of life.The concentration of these problems in blue states suggests, as if more suggestion were needed, that blue policies are utterly failing the states that have adopted them. If this report is any indication, people are beginning to take notice and are voting with their feet.[Retirement home image courtesy of Shutterstock]