“The migration of families out of big blue cities to more affordable environments will only make those cities more uniformly Democratic. Those left behind are more likely to be renters, and studies have shown that renters are far more likely to vote for Democrats than for Republicans.
“The trick for red states that want to stay red while taking on blue state refugees may just be doing everything they can to keep housing affordable. The more blue-state renters that red states can turn into red-state homeowners, the more Republican voters there will be to keep red states red.
“New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco are all becoming playgrounds for wealthy old people and ambitious young people. They will always be nice places to visit (well, at least the parts they don’t let the homeless take over). But increasingly, they are not places for raising a family.” [. . .] — Conn Carroll, “Abandon all hope, ye who live in blue states,” Washington Examiner, April 28, 2022.