Record Number Of New Yorkers Move To Florida In August

Thousands of New Yorkers left their home state in August to permanently move to Florida even as the state continues to open up post COVID-19.

In August alone, a total of 5,838 New York residents moved permanently from the Empire State to the Sunshine State and that “stampede” does not seem to be stopping.

In fact, year-to-date, 41,885 people with New York drivers licenses switched their state of residence on their license from New York to Florida, a trend that could set a record in 2022.

When the trend began in the beginning of 2022, many people blamed the exodus on covid and the way that Gov. Ron DeSantis opened his state for commerce and social outings far before New York did. To many, it made sense that people were ready to start living their life again, and with many companies being more open to remote work, Florida was a great landing spot.

The latest figures, however, show that this trend has little or nothing to do with the pandemic. Some New Yorkers, however, shared their opinion on why people were leaving New York for the more conservative, more open, and much sunnier state of Florida.

“With the rise in crime and zero competence from our elected officials and a lot of people just don’t see a future in New York City for themselves,” said retired NYPD lieutenant John Macari.

Fashion designer Alvin Valley said, “First it was the billionaires. Then it was the rich following behind them. Now you have the middle class. A lot of families just began to feel like New York was becoming unlivable.”

New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D.) saw the trend and tried to curb the tide. “I am the mayor of New York City, but I have a message for Florida’s LGBTQ+ community — come to a city where you can say and be whoever you want. Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill is the latest shameful, extremist culture war targeting the LGBTQ+ community. Today, we say to the families living in fear of this state-sponsored discrimination that you will always have a home in New York City,” Adams said in an attempt to bring people back to his city.

In the end, it looks like last year’s record of more than 61,000 New Yorkers moving to Florida will be broken as people look for safety, morals, and values in the state where they live and raise families.

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