Kirk Cameron flees California for Tennessee: ‘We don’t feel safe anymore’

Kirk Cameron just made a huge announcement about his family's future, and sadly he's not alone.


The sense of California “moving in a particular direction for a long time” and creating “so much division” made Growing Pains actor Kirk Cameron leave the Golden State, joining the list of big names who have done the same.

On Wednesday, Cameron announced he and his family settled in Tennessee. One of the reasons is that three of his children, who are fully grown, live in the state and because he was looking for a place that gave him a “healthy freedom mindset.”

If people are experiencing “serious economic problems and division” and “they want to be around people like they think who are all about God, family, and country,” the actor suggests Tennessee.

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Tennessee has become the home of a number of California “refugees.”

“It’s shocking how many Californians are here. And when I see them in the grocery store, I tell them, ‘Don’t California our Tennessee,’” he joked.

Cameron’s sister, Candace Cameron Bure has also chosen the state over California “for safety and for security.” The list of celebs who are no longer California residents inlcude Mark Wahlberg, Sylvester Stallone and YouTube podcaster Dave Rubin, among the rest, who announced on X in 2021 that he was “officially leaving the dystopian nightmare of California for the free state of Florida.”

Despite having plenty of Californians living there currently, the actor is convinced that Tennessee’s “good wholesome values and, equally as important, good whiskey” make it a desirable place to be.

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