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Escape from New Jersey

What is it about New Jersey that makes students so desperate to leave? According to a new federal study, more than 32,000 students left NJ for college and only 5,000 arrived there from out of state in 2004 for a net migration of -26,584. No other state came close to approaching this big negative number (Illinois was -10,461). The states seeing large student influxes were Florida (+19,786) and Arizona (+11,174). Previous champ California dropped from +41,883 in 2000 to just +8,469, probably because of recent tuition hike.

John J. Miller — John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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