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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 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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