Rough economic times always force folks in search of greener pastures. And this fascinating map from Forbes.com shows us where those pastures are.
Unfortunately, they’re not in Fresno. Look at Fresno County, below. Red lines indicate people who left in 2008, while black lines show folks who moved here:
Now, look at Travis County in Texas, home to Austin:
At least one local business is following the trend. Craig and Gena Kirby, founders of parenting resource center Mommy Matters, are leaving Fresno for Austin.
As the economy crumbled, their north Fresno brick-and-mortar store closed, and the business has since moved online — allowing the Kirbys to work anywhere. Their tentative plan: organize their web presence according to geography. Fresno resources will be grouped together, while Austin resources will be in another section. (Expect to see a lot more content on the site in the next few weeks, Craig Kirby says.)
The Kirbys, who also are former restaurant managers, set their sights on Texas because its major metro cities are doing better than ones in California.
As Mommy Matters gets established as an online entity, Craig Kirby plans to bring in some cash as a server in upscale restaurants. And in that industry, Austin has a lot more opportunities than Fresno, he says.
So, what about you? Are you planning to leave Fresno? Or do you know someone else who is?