This spring, the Wall Street Journal released their annual rankings of the hottest job markets in the country. One thing all of the top five cities have in common is that they are mid-sized cities – not big cities like New York, Chicago or Los Angeles.
Instead, the top five cities attracting American’s moving vans are:
- Austin, Texas
- Nashville, Tenn.
- Raleigh, N.C.
- Salt Lake City, Utah
- Jacksonville, Fla.
These mid-sized cities – with the hottest job markets in the nation, mind you – all share several other commonalities, including:
- Low (or no) state income tax
- Minimal government regulations on small business
Consider this: “Tesla, Space X, Oracle, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise have all moved from California to Texas. Furthermore, Florida and Texas netted more than half of the nation’s 115 million population increase from 2019 – mid-2020”
- More affordable housing: “More than 800 people per day move to Florida. “Jacksonville boasts about their culture, climate, and proximity as a beach city” with a large enough land mass to make housing more affordable and allowing future growth – a huge deal when considering where to relocate a family or a small business.
- Right-to-Work states. Yep, every one of them.
Minneapolis isn’t on this list.
But it should be.
Wouldn’t it be nice to hear Minnesota lawmakers and Minneapolis politicians consider what policies they would propose to finally get a city in Minnesota on this list?