Three Connecticut Metro areas have made a national list of those that people are ditching for other parts of the country.
Bloomberg published a list of the 20 most populous metro areas in the country that have lost the highest share of their residents. The rankings were determined from an analysis of U.S. Census data.
At the top of the list was El Paso, TX. Ranking in the top ten were the Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport areas.
The New Haven, Milford area ranked 3. Bloomberg said it lost 0.78 percent of its population between July 2013 and July 2014.
Bloomberg put the Hartford, West Hartford and East Hartford metropolitan area at 5. The data said it lost 0.71 percent of its population.
Finally, the Bridgeport, Stamford, Norwalk region finished sixth. It lost 0.69 percent of its residents. The area actually tied with Syracuse and Chicago.
Bloomberg asked Prof. Michael Stoll, a professor of public policy and urban planning at the University of California, the reason for these exoduses. He surmised that high home prices are pushing people out and scaring new residents away.
Susan Skowronek said when she bought her East Hartford home in 2006, the taxes were $6,000 and today, they are $14,000 per year.
“Connecticut in general, it's just, it's very, very expensive to live here,” Skowronek said.
George Agnelli Jr., with Agnelli Real Estate, said there are “too many houses on the market." Agnelli, whose firm serves all of Connecticut, said 80 percent of his business is baby boomers moving to more affordable and warmer places.
"A lot of them are going down south because the winter just killed them,” Agnelli said. “And the amount of snow removal and the amount of utilities, they can't afford to live on their retirement in the state of Connecticut."
Stoll said people are drifting toward the Sun Belt and the Pacific Northwest. Parts of Florida, Texas and Portland, OR saw an influx of new residents.
George Agnelli Sr. said he’s “a lifer” and “not leaving” the state. However, he said he can understand why some people are moving on and why new residents are hesitant to make Connecticut their home.
"Taxes have gone sky high in town,” Agnelli Sr. said
Others said they will likely follow their parents lead and head south for retirement.
“My parents for a four-bedroom home in Florida are paying $1600 a year in taxes,” Skowronek said. “We're paying for a three-bedroom home in my neighborhood, we're paying $7,000 a year."
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