Study Shows 1.4 million New Yorkers Have Left The State In Last Decade (More Than Any Other State In The U.S.A)

STATEN ISLAND — At least 1.4 million former New Yorkers have moved out of state since 2010, according to an analysis of U.S. Census data from the Empire Center for Public Policy,

Nearly 181,000 people moved out of state over the last year alone, the study found.

The Empire State was one of just 10 states to feel a total population decline in 2018 – 2019 — New York’s fourth consecutive annual population decrease after five years of growth it was the largest population drop in any state.

According to the study, Florida has been the leading destination New Yorkers move to, followed by New Jersey, North Carolina, Texas, California, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia.

Those 10 states combined account for 81 percent of New York’s losses.

“When migration patterns from New York are examined at the regional and county level, some different patterns emerge,” said the Center’s E.J. McMahon, who authored the report. 

Traffic clogs Highway 101 as people leave work in Los Angeles on Aug. 29, 2014.

“For example, while Florida is the leading net destination for seven upstate regions and Long Island, for Westchester, it’s Connecticut, and for out-migrants from New York City, it’s New Jersey,” McMahon continued.

Additionally, New York gained 45,753 immigrants over the previous year, the lowest annual immigrant total since 2010 and the second lowest in 58 years. This resulted in a net migration loss of 134,896 people — the second largest since 1980.

New York’s population has grown by just 75,459 since 2010, representing a growth rate of less than 1 percent.


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