Why We Leave and Why We Stay
Recently we did a show about the science of loving where you live and we heard from plenty of Connecticut residents who really do love living here. But that sentiment is not shared by everyone. Some residents say high taxes are driving them away to places like Florida and North Carolina.
This hour, we talk about out-migration from Connecticut. We also explore the number of people who are moving into the state — what’s known as in-migration. And we want to hear from you. Are you looking to leave Connecticut once you retire? If not, why do you want to stay here?
We learn about a recent report from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and its partners — it brought to light a low rate of retention of college grads in the Hartford region. We talk with a Connecticut lawmaker, and with former Connecticut residents who’ve chosen to make another state home. Plus, we hear from one resident who lived in Texas and South Dakota, and yet has chosen to settle in the Nutmeg State.
- Scott Gaul - Director of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving's Community Indicators Project
- Arthur G. Sharp - Freelance Writer and Editor and resident of Sun City Center, Florida. Author of Hartford Courant Op-Ed "Retirees Will Tell You Why They Left CT For Florida"
- Gerald C. Parker, Sr. - President of Unique Solutions and resident of Vero Beach, Florida. Author of a letter published by the Hartford Courant titled "Happy To Have Moved On To Florida"
- Beth Bye - Connecticut State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader
- William Lugo - Associate Professor of Sociology at Eastern Connecticut State University and Bolton, Connecticut resident. Author of Hartford Courant Op-Ed "I've Tried Cheaper States Than CT, And Here I Am"
Lydia Brown and Chion Wolf contributed to this show, which originally aired on August 29, 2016.