Comedian Joe Rogan, host of one of the country's most popular podcasts, announced to his audience that he is leaving his home state of California to move to Texas. In a conversation with Joe De Sena, the CEO of popular obstacle competitions the Spartan Race and Death Race, Rogan said he's "outta here," adding that he's ready for "a little bit more freedom."
Rogan's rationale seemed to include both geographic and economic motivations.
"I just want to go somewhere in the center of the country, somewhere it's easier to travel to both places," Rogan said. "...When you look at the traffic, when you look at the economic despair, when you look at the homelessness problem that's accelerated radically over the last six, seven, 10 years, I think there's too many people here."
Rogan claimed that he did not think it mattered who was mayor of Los Angeles, because the city had too many people to manage effectively.
The MMA color commentator had expressed just two months ago that he was growing tired of the excessive COVID limitations that the state of California was placing on its citizens.
"If California continues to be this restrictive, I don't know if this is a good place to live," said Rogan. "I might jet. I'm not kidding. I'm not kidding, this is silly. I don't need to be here."
? California's population continues to grow, but it is shedding a record number of citizens as well. In 2018, almost three-quarters of a million people fled the state, with a large portion settling in Texas.