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Households earning $200,000 or more are flocking to these 10 states

A $200,000 household income is more than most people earn across the U.S. In fact, just 12% of U.S. households earn $200,000 or more annually, according to Census Bureau data. 

While that may be nearly enough for most Americans to feel comfortable financially, $200,000 will inevitably go further in places where the cost of living is generally lower. 

It may even motivate some people to move. While people move for several reasons, cost can certainly be a major factor. Recently, even high-earning families seem to be flocking to lower-cost states, especially in the South.

Between 2020 and 2021, Florida saw the largest net migration of high-earning residents, with over 40,000 households earning $200,000 or more moving to the Sunshine State, according to new research from SmartAsset, which looked at data from the IRS.

Florida lost 12,567 high-earning households during the same period, bringing its net migration to 27,567 households.

It’s not the only Southern state to see its affluent population grow. Five of the 10 states that saw the largest net migration of high earners are in the South. 

Here’s a look at the 10 most-popular states high earners flocked to between 2020 and 2021.

1. Florida

  • Inflow: 40,134
  • Outflow: 12,567
  • Net migration: 27,567

2. Texas

  • Inflow: 22,751
  • Outflow: 13,743
  • Net migration: 9,008

3. North Carolina

  • Inflow: 11,437
  • Outflow: 5,991
  • Net migration: 5,446

4. Arizona

  • Inflow: 9,763
  • Outflow: 5,200
  • Net migration: 4,563 

5. South Carolina

  • Inflow: 7,312
  • Outflow: 2,802
  • Net migration: 4,510 

6. Tennessee

  • Inflow: 7,353
  • Outflow: 3,436
  • Net migration: 3,917 

7. Nevada

  • Inflow: 5,576
  • Outflow: 2,791
  • Net migration: 2,785 

8. Idaho

  • Inflow: 3,246
  • Outflow: 931
  • Net migration: 2,315 

9. Colorado

  • Inflow: 8,771
  • Outflow: 6,719
  • Net migration: 2,052 

10. Utah

  • Inflow: 3,579
  • Outflow: 1,827
  • Net migration: 1,752 

Where $200,000 households are moving

High-earning Americans seem to seek states that offer the lowest tax burdens. Neither Florida nor Texas collect state income tax, which could be part of the reason they lead the rankings. Tennessee and Nevada also do not collect state income tax.

The ranking is based on net migration, but if it looked at inflows alone, California and New York would rank third and fourth, respectively. However, both states saw a greater number of high-income households leave, bringing their net migration totals into the negatives.

New Jersey, Washington and Virginia similarly saw some of the country’s highest number of $200,000 households move in but had even more leave.

Despite being historically more affordable than other parts of the country, states in the Sun Belt — which includes those across the southern and southwestern parts of the U.S. — haven’t been immune to rising prices as inflation has increased over the past couple of years. Several cities in Florida, Texas and Arizona ranked among the on August 2 at 1 p.m. ET to learn from premier experts and entrepreneurs how you can beat inflation, hire top talent and get access to capital.

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