Does your town appear on the “People Can’t Flee... Fast Enough” list? There is such a list and there are Oregon towns on it. Not to fear, some of those same towns also appear on the opposite list as great destinations.
That being said, it is advantageous to know what types of things attract and drive people away from a community, especially one that is eager to attract and retain workforce, families, and retirees.
For instance, Eugene, Oregon took a hit as #14 on the ‘flee’ list based on the “incredibly high cost” and shortage of affordable housing. Eugene also appears on the great destination list for its wonderful weather and location.
Eugene - both a 'Flee' and 'Destination' city.
Portland is often considered a destination city on many of the most desirable city lists. Yet, two of the three counties near Portland are declining in population as well, perhaps due to a ‘flee’ problem (most likely high housing costs, traffic, and crime). [3,4] Cities like New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. all have perennial migration (and all of which are frequently on the ‘flee’ list).
The cost of home ownership is often the #1 reason to flee, followed closely by taxes and unemployment. But there are other reasons such as natural disasters, horrific weather particularly in the winter, crime, carnivorous insects, taxes, traffic, pollution, cost of living, housing, and lack of jobs... With many cities on the ‘flee list having more than one of these problems. But you might not know that an area has such problems, unless you do the homework or have lived in one of those ‘flee’ towns.
Kinda makes the southern Oregon coast look pretty darn good,
but we could look even BETTER
There are some initiatives out there that pit community against community to make communities more attractive to new and expanding businesses. In Arkansas, they have the Competitive Communities Initiative focused on improving the quality of life, creating stronger communities, and helping communities prepare for economic development opportunities. 
The highly successful Arkansas program was started in 2018. Then Governor Asa Hutchinson said “We don’t just want to compete, we want to win. My top priority is to grow the economy of this state, to create jobs, and for Arkansas to enter a time of sustained economic power and influence.” 
The winning community is given a coveted designation that helps them communicate what they have to offer and how much they want to succeed. 
Basically, people are going somewhere, and maybe anywhere,
they perceive to be better than where they were at.
Some issues are long term and communities may not have fast and easy solutions. The good news is these issues are getting solved through community and private efforts (like South Coast Development Council, Inc.) and technology is rapidly bridging common gaps. For instance, one can now get much of their education online, get advanced health care via video-assisted conference calls, and get a new pair of Wellie rain boots delivered overnight.
Our challenge may be how do we get the attention of the talented and skilled professionals fleeing from the big cities and entice them to stop awhile. Maybe our message should be “The weather is awesome, the food is good, housing is getting dramatically better, cost of living reasonable, and traffic jams rare. You and your family will like it here, even when it rains.”
1 People Can't Flee These US Cities Fast Enough (https://moneywise.com/a/people-cant-flee-these-us-cities-fast-enough)
2 The Eugene Housing Market Demystified: Our 2019 Real Estate Forecast (https://www.lohrrealestate.com/eugene-real-estate-market-forecast-2019/)
3 Author’s knowledge
4 Real Estate Data for San Francisco (https://www.trulia.com/real_estate/San_Francisco-California/market-trends/)
5 Arkansas: Creating Competitive Communities (https://businessfacilities.com/2019/03/arkansas-creating-competitive-communities/)
6 Migration to Oregon, an Update (https://oregoneconomicanalysis.com/2019/07/11/migration-to-oregon-an-update/)
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