BOSTON - DECEMBER 17: Tonight's snowstorm arrived just in time to slow the evening commute for these drivers on the Southeast Expressway. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

People are leaving Massachusetts at an increased rate of 70%. Much has been talked about lately about reasons why people are leaving the state, despite many people that live here thinking it’s the best place to live in the entire world. If that’s the case, why are so many in a rush to get out of here? We can take a look at what studies are saying but we wanted to go right to the source…YOU! We asked many of you why you left Massachusetts and if they regret it. The answers will definitely surprise you. Many state the obvious, cost of living, as their reason. But there are other factors that you probably haven’t thought about. Let’s first take a look at what the surveys are saying before we dive deep into actual answers from our listeners.

Many cite affordability dropping which, since covid, it has. That doesn’t just include home prices. It includes day care costs, school cost, grocery cost etc. The opportunity for remote work is also a big reason many have left. Since the pandemic, many companies are giving their employees the opportunity to work from home. This gives many more flexibility to work wherever they want. So if it’ll cost a lot less to live somewhere else but do the same job, many are jumping at the chance.

People are leaving Massachusetts, but where are they going. According to a recent study, they’re going to New Hampshire first, by a landslide. Many cited taxes as a big reason for that. Second on the list, Florida. Many are citing warmer climate as a big reason they’re leaving for Florida. California is third followed by New York, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

So let’s take a look at YOUR reasons. Real people who have left Massachusetts. Why did you leave? Where did you go? Do you regret it?

  • Too expensive

    Many of our responders posted cost as a main reason. Donald Lemelin says his friends left with that being a main reason. Joycelyn Hoyt agreed. Heather Romanoff escaped MA because of the cost of living as well.

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  • Massachusetts is "too fast paced"

    Many don’t like the hustle and bustle of people in the Northeast. We are always in a rush and are always moving fast. Many leave to be more relaxed and less stressed.

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  • Weather, too cold

    Massachusetts is known for cold, long winters. Jade Garay says now, living in Florida, she doesn’t have to worry about remote car starters, gloves or hats.

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  • Better places to raise a family

    Many believe raising a family is better elsewhere. Julianne Holmes moved to New Hampshire thinking it would be a quieter, better life for her family.

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  • Better school systems elsewhere

    Anna Inch says she debated staying in Methuen but was concerned about the school system, so they moved to NH. The interesting thing about that is, Massachusetts actually ranks #1 for school systems in the U.S.

  • Massachusetts is "too liberal"

    Massachusetts has, in general, voted democrat in most elections. Many consider MA a liberal state with very liberal views. As you can expect, if your views don’t match, you may not enjoy living here.

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  • More room for personal and professional growth elsewhere

    Tayla Balboni moved from MA to Florida and has grown significantly as a person. “It was scary as hell but the best decision I’ve ever made. The amount of personal and professional growth is astounding. I get to “Church” weekly. There’s an extra hour of sunlight at the end of the day on the shortest of winter months. I spend so much more time outside than I could ever imagine. I will take the heat over snow and ice any day! I also don’t feel the need for a vacation away from here- I live in a vacation spot.”

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  • Cost of registering vehicles and owning a vehicle in general

    Krissy Suppa says  “We have been in mass for 4 years now and I always regret moving here. Between how much utilities are with unitil and how much it is to register your vehicles. It’s awful!” Sherry Bell says her trucks won’t even pass inspection here. 

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  • Better advocacy for learning disabilities elsewhere

    Brittany Sykes says she moved to RI and noticed a big difference. “They have a better education system & advocacy for learning disabilities, less violence, cheaper..”

    Believe it or not, however, MA tops a list of the best places to live when growing up with a learning disability.

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  • Utility prices

    Marisa Stark Dolan said “the UTILITIES. we pay approximately $300-$450 less per month now” after moving to NH. MA is the third most expensive state utility wise to live.

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  • Traffic

    Many stated traffic is awful in Massachusetts and is a main reason for leaving. Jodie McDaniel, Donald Lemelin and others list traffic is a main reason.

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