Poll: 1 in 3 New Yorkers Plans to Leave New York Permanently

Friday, May 13, 2011


Citing high taxes and cost of living, a NY1-YNN-Marist College poll released Thursday show that 1 in 3 New Yorkers under age 30 plans to move to another state at some point.

And 1 in 4 adults plans an exodus from the Empire State within five years.

The poll highlights the decades-long exodus from New York, which once led the nation in manufacturing and other high-paying jobs.

Many counties in New York, including Erie, Monroe, Westchester and Putnam have the highest property taxes in the U.S. It isn’t uncommon for for owners of a modest $150,000 ranch house to pay more than $6,000 a year in property taxes.

Young, college-educated New Yorkers are abandoning the state for lower-taxed cities like Atlanta, Dallas, and Phoenix, where are jobs are plentiful and housing is more affordable.

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7 Responses to Poll: 1 in 3 New Yorkers Plans to Leave New York Permanently

  1. Big Hank says:

    I remember Elliot Spitzer got his ass handed to him after he campaigned across the Upstate region of New York for calling it “Appalachia.”

    We drove through Buffalo on a road trip to Canada back in the early 1980’s and even back then, Buffalo looked pretty rough with large swaths of blighted houses. They say Detroit is even worse. I don’t pretend to know what the answer is but, Andrew Cuomo has his work cut out for him.

  2. Harry says:

    Wow. New York is becoming Mississippi. How sad.

  3. Rachel says:

    I left and I don’t miss it in the least. My taxes are lower in California and weather is great year round. Plus, there’s a sense of freedom and newness here that is lacking back east where tradition rules and people are so stuck in there ways. If change doesn’t come to New York, it will become Detroit.

  4. Stephen Iversonn says:

    The population shift to the south and west began in the 1970’s and continues.

    Texas, grew by 4.3 million people between 2000 and 2010. California, which was the 2000 Census’ leader gained 3.4 million.

    Florida was the No. 3 population gainer, Georgia No. 4, North Carolina No. 5, and Arizona No. 6.

    Nevada was the fastest growing state in the 10-year period, as it has been for the past five decades. It’s also the only state that has maintained a growth rate of 25 percent or more for the last three decades.

    The U.S. is changing. Younger people want warm weather and low taxes.
    Almost all of Nevada’s growth was, no surprise, in the Las Vegas metro area, which accounted for nearly all the state’s population and almost 82 percent of its growth.

  5. Estacada says:

    And with each million who leave, the burden of making the shortage falls to the people who insist on remaining in New York, so taxes go up.

    It’s a vicious cycle and no one wins.

  6. Vivzz says:

    Taxes are lopsided in the USA. One state pays too much and another pays too little. I don’t know what the solution is but, states in the northeastern region like New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey will continue to lose their youngest and brightest if the situation doesn’t change. It’s punishing.

  7. Randy Arroyo says:

    What surprised me when we drove across New York state was how barren and empty much of it is when you leave New York City. I’m accustomed to California, especially southern California, where the sprawl begins in Santa Barbara and continues all the way down to the border with Mexico, and from the Pacific Ocean east 100 miles to Palm Springs. New York looked empty by contrast.

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