These are the three main reasons they use on the article as to why people are moving: The insanely high cost The horrendous weather The jobs Source: NY Post Those reasons do make sense but another one is that people are fleeing/moving to areas they consider to be safer and more protected in the event something horrible happens. Rural areas are usually the best as they're far away from big cities. Is this people just being hysterical and overreacting or looking out for their safety? Safety. Good on them.