Fleeing Massachusetts? Yup. The commonwealth sits in the top 10 states people are moving out of as they find new states to call home. Well, it is the #3 most expensive state to live in the country following Hawaii and California, according to Forbes.

Massachusetts Road Sign
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And get this, I was scrolling through Instagram as most of us do throughout the day, and I came across this insane statistic on the Only in Boston page.

Boston, Massachusetts in the United States. City skyline.

Boston is just 1 of 13 cities where you need $100,000 a year to live comfortably (whatever that means).  This stat is for both renters and homeowners when you use the 50/20/30 rule.  If you haven't heard of that rule, it's basically where 50% of your income goes to necessities, 20% to savings, retirement, and investments, and 30% for fun like vacations, going out for fun dinners or concerts, shopping for that new summer wardrobe, and basically anything that's considered splurging.

So, when it comes to the states where more people are moving out of than to, Forbes' latest findings rank Massachusetts #6, even though Massachusetts ranks fourth in the country on quality of life.

Waves on the beach, Massachusetts

The Forbes article points out that more than 56% of Massachusetts residents moved out of the commonwealth.  By the way, our neighbor to the north, Vermont, is the most moved-to state in the country.

Welcome to Maine state concept on road sign
Meanwhile, Florida is the number one state retirees move to, to absolutely no one's surprise. So, it's fun to see that basically the polar opposite state, Maine, was ranked as the #5 most popular state that retirees are calling home.
The Portland Head Light at sunrise just outside of Portland, Maine.
Forbes says Maine's job and income growth is forecast to be among the slowest in the country for 2022, but clearly retirees aren't worried about that, and really, why should they be?
Portland, Maine, USA downtown cityscape at Back Cove.
On a side note referenced in Forbes, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the consumer price index for all items increased by 7% from December 2020 to December 2021. That's the largest 12-month increase since the 12-month period that ended in June1982.

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