Moving Out: New York number one in population loss category
New census estimates reveal that over the past six years, the Empire State had a net loss of about 847,000 people to other states. That’s more of a domestic migration loss than any other state in the country, putting New York first in the census category. Albany think tank the Empire Center alerted us to the numbers.
“It should raise concerns that people don’t want to stay here. People aren’t moving here. That’s a reflection of the economy. That’s a reflection of state policies,” said Ken Girardin, Empire Center.
New York’s total population has been stagnant compared to other fast growing states, sitting now around 20 million.
Stagnant, but steady because of foreign immigrants and new births from the people who stay here.
That’s not enough to keep up with states like Florida, which passed us in 2014 to become the third biggest state.
In the past six years, The Sunshine State had a net gain of 866,000 people from other states.
Our politicians know the problem – high taxes and ove regulation but their response has been to attract jobs by giving tax breaks and subsidies to companies who will create “new jobs” often at a cost at thousands of dollars per job.