The 10 Best U.S. States And The 10 Worst U.S. States For 2021…

This article is likely to stir up some very strong emotions.  Just a few hours ago, I discovered that U.S. News & World Report had released their list of the best U.S. states for 2021.  This immediately got my attention, because people are constantly asking me for my advice about where to move.  I always respond by saying that we are not all on the same path, and I point out that the right choice for others might be totally wrong for them.  But without a doubt, I am actively encouraging people to consider relocating during these troubled times.  In fact, earlier this week I published an article entitled “If You Need To Move Somewhere Before Everything Hits The Fan, You Need To Do It Now”.  I have very strong opinions about various parts of the country, and I am going to share some of those opinions with you in this article.

I would like to start my discussion by taking a look at the worst states.  According to U.S. News & World Report, these are the ten worst states for 2021…

50. Louisiana
49. Mississippi
48. New Mexico
47. West Virginia
46. Alabama
45. Alaska
44. Arkansas
43. Oklahoma
42. South Carolina
41. Kentucky

Needless to say, I totally disagree with this list.

First of all, I would like you to notice that nine out of the ten states on their list are red states.  The list was probably put together by a group of liberal elitists, and living in a red state would not appeal to such people at all.

Also, most of the states on the list are southern states.  For years, the corporate media has openly looked down on southern states, and that is extremely unfortunate.

Ultimately, I think that this list of “worst states” is pretty much useless.  So let me share with you how I would rank the 10 worst states…

#50 California – The state is run by lunatics, the lockdowns have left the economy in ruins, homeless encampments are everywhere, drug use if off the charts, crime rates are skyrocketing, illegal immigration is fueling the rapid growth of gangs, the traffic in the urban areas is nightmarish, last year was a record year for wildfires, and a major seismic event could alter the geography of California at any time.  Other than that, it is a fairly nice place to live.

#49 New York – New York City is the biggest reason why this state is so high on the list.  Hundreds of thousands of residents have fled NYC over the past year, and more are leaving with each passing day.

#48 Illinois – If you could carve the Chicago area out of the state, it wouldn’t be so bad.  Today, more than 100,000 gang members reside in the city of Chicago, and violent crime was worse than ever last year.  Unfortunately, there is no hope that things will turn around any time soon because both the city and the state are run by radical leftists.

#47 New Jersey – This state is often called “the armpit of America”, but New Jersey is actually preferable to New York City these days.

#46 Washington – As you will see below, U.S. News & World Report actually ranked Washington as the best state in America for 2021.  I don’t know what they were smoking, because that is not true at all.  Yes, there are sections of eastern Washington that are very nice and that I would recommend to anyone, but the city of Seattle drags the ranking of the entire state way down.

#45 Oregon – If it was just the city of Portland that we were talking about, this state may have topped the list.  But the eastern half of the state is actually very appealing, and a lot of really great people live there.

#44 New Mexico – The crisis along our southern border is not going to go away, drug use is rampant, and much of the state is plagued by absolutely crushing poverty.

#43 Pennsylvania – The city of Philadelphia alone is a good reason to place this state in the bottom 10.  Many rural parts of the state are very nice, but the crime, corruption and social decay in the urban areas are more than enough to earn this spot for the once great state of Pennsylvania.

#42 Michigan – A few years ago I would have ranked Michigan even lower.  Some positive changes have been made, but the city of Detroit is still a cesspool, and the governor of the state is a complete lunatic.

#41 The Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area – I know that this isn’t a state, but I had to include it on this list.  D.C. is the epicenter of so much that is wrong with our country, and the corruption that happens there literally affects every man, woman and child on the entire planet.  When you go into D.C., you can literally feel the oppression in the atmosphere.  It is such a terrible, terrible place, and our founders would be heartbroken to see what it has become.

Next, let’s take a look at the best states in the country.  According to U.S. News & World Report, these are the ten best states for 2021…

1. Washington
2. Minnesota
3. Utah
4. New Hampshire
5. Idaho
6. Nebraska
7. Virginia
8. Wisconsin
9. Massachusetts
10. Florida

I already shared what I think about Washington, and I have no idea how Minnesota possibly made this list.

Did they miss the part where large sections of Minneapolis were literally burned to the ground?

If you enjoy being carjacked, Minneapolis would be a great place to live.  But if you value your safety, I would definitely steer clear.

Once again, this list of “best states” is pretty much useless.  So let me share with you how I would rank the 10 best states…

#1 Idaho – No state is perfect, but Idaho has so many of the things that I tell people to look for when evaluating an area for relocation.  It has low crime rates, low population density, moderate weather, plenty of water, lots of natural resources, it is away from both coasts and it doesn’t sit near any major fault line.

#2 Montana – I like Montana for a lot of the same reasons that I like Idaho, but it can get really, really cold during Montana’s bitter winters.

#3 South Dakota – South Dakota also fits many of the criteria that I normally look for, but the winters can be almost unbearable if you are not accustomed to them.

#4 North Dakota – North Dakota is very similar to South Dakota, but the winters are even colder.

#5 Wyoming – Wyoming is like a “best kept secret” that is no longer a secret anymore.  Lots of celebrities and wealthy people have moved in, and that has changed the character of the state.  In addition, the extremely high winds that plague the state also keep it from being higher on this list.

#6 Alaska – Alaska is unique because it is not physically connected to the continental United States.  It is a great place to go if you want to get really, really lost, but the cost of living is extremely high and the winters can be really, really challenging.

#7 Colorado – If this state had not gone blue, it would be higher on the list.  It used to be such a wonderful place, but times are changing.

#8 Nebraska – The low population density if a major plus, but if you get bored easily that may be a problem.  Other than farming, there isn’t much going on in Nebraska, and that is both a positive and a negative.

#9 Kansas – This state is similar to Nebraska in a lot of ways, but the Kansas City metropolitan area on the border of the state is the one big negative.

#10 Tennessee – Sadly, this is the only eastern state to make my top 10.  I really like the Smoky Mountains, and Nashville is nicer than most of our other major cities, but I would definitely steer clear of Memphis.

I would also like to grant honorable mention status to Florida.  I went to law school there, and I will always have a great love for the state.  It would have made my top ten, but I just couldn’t include it because of what is going to eventually happen there.

So that is my list.  I know that many of you will disagree with some of my conclusions, and that is okay.

In the end, each one of us needs to be exactly where we are supposed to be.

If you feel called to live and work in California, then you should pursue that calling with all of your heart.

I am not here to tell you what to do.  But hopefully this list will be a little bit of a help for many that are considering relocating at this time.

If you are thinking of moving, I would do it quite soon, because things are only going to get crazier in this country during the very difficult years that are ahead.

***Michael’s new book entitled “Lost Prophecies Of The Future Of America” is now available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.***

About the Author: My name is Michael Snyder and my brand new book entitled “Lost Prophecies Of The Future Of America” is now available on Amazon.com.  In addition to my new book, I have written four others that are available on Amazon.com including The Beginning Of The EndGet Prepared Now, and Living A Life That Really Matters. (#CommissionsEarned)  By purchasing the books you help to support the work that my wife and I are doing, and by giving it to others you help to multiply the impact that we are having on people all over the globe.  I have published thousands of articles on The Economic Collapse BlogEnd Of The American Dream and The Most Important News, and the articles that I publish on those sites are republished on dozens of other prominent websites all over the globe.  I always freely and happily allow others to republish my articles on their own websites, but I also ask that they include this “About the Author” section with each article.  The material contained in this article is for general information purposes only, and readers should consult licensed professionals before making any legal, business, financial or health decisions.  I encourage you to follow me on social media on FacebookTwitter and Parler, and any way that you can share these articles with others is a great help.  During these very challenging times, people will need hope more than ever before, and it is our goal to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with as many people as we possibly can.

If You Need To Move Somewhere Before Everything Hits The Fan, You Need To Do It Now

Enjoy this brief period of relative stability while you can, because it won’t last.  I have been sitting here searching for the right words for this article, and I hope that I can accurately convey the urgency of this hour to all of you.  Following the election of Joe Biden, there appears to be a bubble of hope in the United States.  Short-term economic conditions have stabilized a bit, the COVID pandemic seems to be subsiding, and many are hoping that life will “return to normal” this summer.  But what most people do not understand is that the next chapters of “the perfect storm” are about to begin.

The cracked pieces of our planet that we are all floating around on are becoming increasingly unstable, and we witnessed multiple examples of this last week.  On one day alone, New Zealand was shaken by a magnitude 7.3 earthquake, a magnitude 7.4 earthquake and a magnitude 8.1 earthquake.  On the other side of the globe, Iceland has been hammered by more than 20,000 earthquakes over the past week, and geologists are warning of imminent eruptions at two prominent volcanoes.

Overall, there have been more major earthquakes during the first 65 days of this year than we have ever seen in the first 65 days of any other year in recorded history.

As our planet continues to become more unstable, I would not want to be living anywhere near a major fault line.

Now that the warmongers are back in control in Washington, it also appears that war is on the horizon.  Just a little while ago, I published an article entitled “9 Signs That Chess Pieces Are Being Moved Into Place For A Major War In The Middle East” in which I detailed some of the threats that we are potentially facing.  Once war begins, things will begin to change very rapidly.

Up until now, most of the civil unrest that we have witnessed in this country has been focused on “social justice” issues, and this week there will be more protests.

But soon there will be a shift.  Once war starts, a lot of people will be angry about that, and economic conditions will also feature prominently as the U.S. economy steadily deteriorates.

Speaking of the economy, we are already seeing homeless encampments take over large portions of major cities on the west coast, and we haven’t even gotten to the largest tsunami of evictions in U.S. history yet.

Meanwhile, the emerging global food crisis gets worse with each passing day.  Global food prices have risen for nine months in a row, and the head of the UN World Food Program has warned that we will be facing “famines of biblical proportions” in 2021.

I could go on and on.  The truth is that there is not a single element of “the perfect storm” that has not already begun, but of course global events are going to escalate dramatically in the months and years ahead.

So if you need to move somewhere before everything hits the fan, you need to do it now.

Over the past 12 months, we have seen the greatest exodus out of our major cities that we have ever seen as millions of Americans have scrambled to relocate.

In fact, one new study found that the number of people fleeing San Francisco increased by 649 percent last year compared to the year before.

San Francisco saw an exodus of residents during the coronavirus pandemic, with the net number of exits increasing 649% in 2020, according to a new report published by the California Policy Lab.

Unfortunately, most of those that have left San Francisco are staying in the state of California, and I believe that is a huge mistake.

When things get really bad, you will not want to be in a heavily populated area or in a region of the country that is prone to natural disasters.

Even cities that used to have low crime rates have totally changed.  When I was a kid, I really enjoyed the trips that my family would take to Minneapolis, but now it has become a crime-ridden hellhole that is dominated by roving gangs

Bill Carlyon moved to the metropolitan area in 1980 to work as an electrical engineer after a brief stint in the army. Back then, he says, Minneapolis was more inclusive than just about anywhere else in the country he ever visited.

“Almost everybody I know won’t come downtown anymore for any reason. We used to come down to theater events and movies all the time. Now there’s gangs that just rove around and beat up old people,” said Carlyon, 69, who prides himself on working with the black community for decades on anti-poverty initiatives.

Believe it or not, Portland was a very nice city at one time too.  But now violent crime is absolutely soaring

More people died of gunfire last year in Portland — 40 — than the entire tally of homicides the previous year. The number of shootings — 900 — was nearly 2 1/2 times higher than the year before. The spike has continued this year, with more than 150 shootings, including 45 people wounded and 12 killed so far.

It is so sad to watch what is happening to that once great city.  At the end of last week, I wrote about the epidemic of crimes that are being committed in broad daylight around the nation, and I just came across another example that happened just outside a bar in Portland

Elmer Yarborough got a terrifying call from his sister: She wept as she told him two of his nephews may have been shot in broad daylight as they left a bar in Portland, Oregon.

He drove there as fast as he could. An officer told him one of his nephews was heading to the hospital and the other, Tyrell Penney, hadn’t survived.

Of course there are countless other examples of people being shot in broad daylight in our major cities.  Here is an example from New York

A man was fatally shot in the head in broad daylight during a dispute outside a Bronx bodega late Friday afternoon, police have said.

Travis Brooker, 35, was killed outside of G&K Deli on Rosedale Ave. near East Tremont Avenue in Parkchester at around 5:15pm.

There is so little fear of the police that the criminals aren’t even waiting for the sun to go down to start shooting people anymore.

And once economic conditions completely implode, the violence is going to get far, far worse.

We should mourn for America, because things could have turned out very differently for our nation if we had made much different choices.

At the same time, if you plan on living through what is ahead you need to get prepared, because the years in front of us are not going to be easy.

***Michael’s new book entitled “Lost Prophecies Of The Future Of America” is now available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.***

About the Author: My name is Michael Snyder and my brand new book entitled “Lost Prophecies Of The Future Of America” is now available on Amazon.com.  In addition to my new book, I have written four others that are available on Amazon.com including The Beginning Of The EndGet Prepared Now, and Living A Life That Really Matters. (#CommissionsEarned)  By purchasing the books you help to support the work that my wife and I are doing, and by giving it to others you help to multiply the impact that we are having on people all over the globe.  I have published thousands of articles on The Economic Collapse BlogEnd Of The American Dream and The Most Important News, and the articles that I publish on those sites are republished on dozens of other prominent websites all over the globe.  I always freely and happily allow others to republish my articles on their own websites, but I also ask that they include this “About the Author” section with each article.  The material contained in this article is for general information purposes only, and readers should consult licensed professionals before making any legal, business, financial or health decisions.  I encourage you to follow me on social media on FacebookTwitter and Parler, and any way that you can share these articles with others is a great help.  During these very challenging times, people will need hope more than ever before, and it is our goal to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with as many people as we possibly can.

New Census Numbers Reveal Americans Are Steadily Migrating West And South – And Away From High Tax Blue States

The U.S. Census Bureau has just released their annual report on how the U.S. population is shifting, and there are some very clear patterns in the data.  If you look at this Census Bureau map, you will see lots of purple (areas where the population is growing) in the west and the south, and you will see lots of orange (areas where the population is declining) in the north and the east.  Of course this is a continuation of a pattern that we have been seeing for decades.  Given the ability to choose, many Americans would rather live in areas of the country that are warm and sunny, and that makes a lot of sense.  But that is not the only pattern that we see in the data.

From July 1, 2017 to July 1, 2018 seven of the ten counties that had the largest percentage increase in population were either in Texas or Florida

McKenzie County, ND: 7.1 percent
Williams County, ND: 5.9 percent
Comal County, TX: 5.4 percent
Kaufman County, TX: 4.7 percent
Brunswick County, NC: 4.6 percent
Walton County, FL: 4.5 percent
Midland County, TX: 4.3 percent
Osceola County, FL: 4.3 percent
St. Johns County, FL: 4.2 percent
Hood County, TX: 4.1 percent

Texas and Florida do not have a state income tax, and so that could help to explain these numbers.

The top two counties on the list are both in North Dakota, and a lot of people are being drawn up there for energy industry jobs.  McKenzie County produces more oil than any other county in the state, and even though it can get bitterly cold, many workers find the very high wages paid by the industry very alluring.

Meanwhile, some of the biggest cities in the entire nation are shrinking.

New York City is losing people for the first time in a decade, and the population of Chicago has now fallen for four years in a row

The Chicago area’s population declined for the fourth year in a row in 2018, according to the latest Census Bureau estimates.

There were 22,000 fewer residents in the 14-county metro area than in 2017, a drop of 0.2 percent, and the first time since 2010 that the area’s population has slipped below 9.5 million people. Cook County, which accounts for 55 percent of the population in the metro area, lost 24,000 residents.

Considering all of the gang violence, the absolutely insane politicians and the oppressive levels of taxation, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out why people would want to leave the Windy City.

I guess the real mystery is why so many people would want to stay.

According to a report put out by North American Moving Services, Illinois is actually the top state for outbound moves, and Idaho is actually the top state for inbound moves…

Every year, roughly 14% of the US population moves from one state to another, according to Census Bureau data. But after a careful analysis of the data from 2018, North American Moving Services published its latest report on American migration patterns…and it contained some surprising conclusions.

For example, while Illinois was once again the top state for outbound moves (thanks, we imagine, to its dysfunctional state government, high taxes and massively underfunded pensions), the top state for inbound moves was…Idaho?

A quick glance at the data reveals a familiar pattern: Americans are leaving high-tax blue states in favor of red states with low taxes and low cost of living.

Hopefully the secret about how great Idaho is won’t get around too widely, because all the people from California that are moving up here have already driven home prices through the roof.

Another city that is seeing people leave in droves is Baltimore

“Thousands of people are fleeing the city each year as total population plummets to 100-year lows. There are about 46,000 vacant rowhomes scattered throughout the area, or roughly 15% of the housing stock is dormant. On a per capita basis, the city has the highest rate of homicides per 100,000 in the country. Opioids from Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland Medical Center continue to flood the poorest of neighborhoods, leaving the African American communities in a perpetual state of addiction, along with the need for constant government assistance programs. With the local economy basically a black market, gangs roam the streets like a third world country.”

I remember going to Orioles games as a kid, and at that time Baltimore was still somewhat of a vibrant city.

But now it is a rotting, decaying, drug-infested nightmare that is slowly dying right in front of our eyes.

And of course we continue to see an exodus from the California coastline, and one of the big reasons for that is because housing has gotten way too expensive

A full 43 percent of Californian voters, and an astounding 61 percent of those aged 18 to 34, feel they can’t afford to live in the state, according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll. And over three-quarters of voters agree that there’s a “housing crisis.”

The median value for a house in the Golden state is about $550,000, according to real-estate website Zillow. That’s more than twice the national median.

Of course there are many other reasons to leave California as well.  For much more on that, please see my previous article entitled “Nobody Does It Better: The Amount Of Human Feces On San Francisco Streets Is Going Up Every Single Year”.

Before I wrap up this article, I want to also say a bit about retirement migration.

As the Baby Boomers retire, millions of them are moving from cold weather states to warm weather states.

For ages, the state of Florida has been the number one destination for retirees, but now that has apparently changed.  According to Fox Business, this is the very first year that New Mexico is on top of the list…

This was the first year New Mexico topped the list. Forty-three percent of moves to New Mexico were related to retirement, while 60 percent of people moving there were between the ages of 55 and 74. The cost of living in the state is 3 percent less than the national average, while income taxes are low.

I never would have guessed that.

Perhaps the cost of housing is low and that is why a lot of retirees from California see it as a good option.

And yes, lots of Baby Boomers are still retiring in Florida, and the state is still number two on the list

While it did not make the top spot this year, Florida ranked second with 39 percent of moves into the state being retirement related. Aside from the warm weather and beach communities, Floridians are not subject to state income taxes.

In addition to everything that I have just shared, many Americans are migrating across the country for more ominous reasons.  They can see the direction this nation is headed, and they want to be positioned for what America is going to be like in the coming years.

The fabric of our society is unraveling right in front of our eyes, and a lot of people just want somewhere safe, secure and sane to raise their families.

Unfortunately that is not so easy to find anymore, and the social decay that is eating away at our country like cancer is spreading a little bit more with each passing day.

Get Prepared NowAbout the author: Michael Snyder is a nationally-syndicated writer, media personality and political activist. He is the author of four books including Get Prepared Now, The Beginning Of The End and Living A Life That Really Matters. His articles are originally published on The Economic Collapse Blog, End Of The American Dream and The Most Important News. From there, his articles are republished on dozens of other prominent websites. If you would like to republish his articles, please feel free to do so. The more people that see this information the better, and we need to wake more people up while there is still time.