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January 26, 2021 | Tom Ballard

More evidence that East Tennessee is becoming attractive to residents of other states like California

We recently posted two articles about how much East Tennessee is being impact by the flight of people from high-tax, congested cities that is being accelerated by the remote work explosion as a result of COVID-19.

One of those was a report by U-Haul that found Tennessee was the top state in the country and Knoxville was ranked #7 nationally on the company’s top growth cities. The ranking is calculated by the net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks entering a city versus leaving that city in a calendar year. The other was a two-part interview (Part 1 and Part 2) with Maribel Koella, a long-time commercial realtor in the region.

Thanks to Mahni Ghorashi, the new Director of Strategy at Launch Tennessee, here’s another example, this time from The New York Times.

A lengthy article published by the newspaper on January 14 included this reference: “There are 33,000 members in the Facebook group Leaving California and 51,000 in its sister group, Life After California. People post pictures of moving trucks and links to Zillow listings in new cities. The Founder of both groups, Terry Gilliam, is planning to take members on a house-hunting road trip through eastern Tennessee this spring with stops in popular post-S.F. destinations. One tour will be Chattanooga, Knoxville and Johnson City.”

For those with a subscription, the article can be found here.

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