National Study Reveals New York Residents are Fleeing in Record Numbers
Baby if that's movin' up, then I'm movin' out.
Whatever the reason may be, New Yorkers are feeling like they're in a Billy Joel song right now. According to a national survey by United Van Lines, the Empire State is one of the leaders in outward movement at #3. The only states that have more residents leaving are:
#1 - New Jersey - This is the 5th year NJ has earned this distinction.
#2 - Illinois
This begs the question, why? U.V.L. says some of the most common factors leading to outbound migration are:
- Wanting to be closer to family
- Lifestyle changes influenced by the pandemic
- Housing prices
We know where people are leaving but where are they moving? The study reinforced something I already believed, Wilmington, NC is awesome. Wilmington topped the list of cities with massive inbound migration. Here are the Top 10:
- Wilmington, NC (81%)
- Bellingham, WA (73.2%)
- Santa Fe, NM (73%)
- Myrtle Beach, SC (72%)
- Punta Gorda, FL (71.6%)
- Flagstaff, AZ (71.4%)
- Sarasota-Bradenton, FL (71%)
- State College, PA (70%)
- Eugene-Springfield, OR (69%)
- Fort Myers-Cape Coral, FL (69%)
In general, I'm not really a fan of the southeast but I have a soft spot for Wilmington. My wife and I went to a wedding there and I fell in love with the city. From what I could tell, it had a good music scene, an art community and a ton of great restaurants.
This is such a relevant topic in the Tri-State area. It seems like everyone I talk to is either moving out, or discussing it. It's sad but the cost and the weather are pushing people out. I like the seasons so the weather doesn't bother me, but the cost of living is out of hand.