4. Washington, DC
The nation’s capital offers great amenities — like the free Smithsonian museums and National Zoo — and plenty of great job opportunities, especially for anyone who’d like a career in government. (Just be careful of the frequent shutdowns.)
But housing costs and property taxes in the D.C. metro area can be shockingly high, and going out to dinner can be an expensive ordeal.
So, people in Washington and its suburbs are voting with their feet. They’re most inclined to leave for New York, a city that’s certainly no bargain but where it’s much easier to ignore America’s never-ending political drama.