Moving from New York to Florida?

Tired of Cold in New York? Move from New York to Florida

Why do so many people move from New York to Florida? According to the national census bureau about 630 people moved to Florida every day. In 2013, that number neared 1000 people per day moved to Florida. People from nearly every state in the U.S. plus people from many other countries are moving to Florida on a daily basis. With these staggering numbers, one must ask the question, “Why Florida?”

In 2013, the majority of new Florida residents moved there from north-eastern states, especially New York. Giving the weather over the last couple of years, with rain, snow, record-breaking cold spells, hurricanes and tornadoes, the obvious answer to, “Why Florida?” is warmer climate. People are moving in droves, from New York to Florida. In fact, enough people have moved to Florida to make it the 3rd largest state population at the beginning of 2014. But, it’s not just people in New York who are moving to Florida and it is not just for the climate.

Why is Florida So Appealing?

Economic Freedom

Florida does not have state income tax and rank 27th for tax burdens when compared to the other 49 states. Florida also has abundant white-collar job opportunities along with a friendly business environment. The low cost of living and politics, make Economic Freedom the number one reason to move to Florida for 22% of the new residents, according to a survey conducted by The University of Florida’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research in 2013.

Family

The only reason that beat economic freedom in the survey was Family. This is mainly because family falls under all age groups. For people in their 50s and 60s, climate and retirement were the number one reason for moving to Florida. As this age group gets older, family members tend to move to Florida to be near their aging loved ones.

Climate

Florida is known as the “Sunshine State” for good reason. The climate in Florida is mild and mostly sunny all year round but, only 18% of new residents claim they moved there for the weather.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau in 2012, 59,228 New York residents moved to Florida, the largest interstate migration in the nation. Among the 10 largest interstate moves in 2012 was Georgia to Florida, with 38,658 Georgia residents trading in their peaches for oranges. The number of people moving to Florida from Puerto Rica was among the top moves to the U.S. from another country with a net of 14,997 moving from Puerto Rico to Florida in 2012.

The main reasons behind the moves among those surveyed this year were relocation of employment, wanting a nicer home or apartment or an effort to reduce overall housing costs.

New York to Florida

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