Study: New York ranks in top 3 most moved-out-of states for 7th year in a row
New York continues to be one of the leading states in the country where people are moving out of.
According to United Van Lines, a St. Louis, Missouri-based moving company, New York ranked as the third most moved-out-of state in 2017, ahead of only Illinois and New Jersey. Despite the ranking, it is actually a continued improvement from previous recent years. New York ranked second in 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012, but remains in the top three states people are fleeing for the seventh year in a row.
During 2017, 61 percent of moves to and from the state were outbound, according to data gathered in the company's 41st Annual Movers Study. There are various reasons why people left.
- 46 percent of people left for job-related reasons
- 18 percent of people left for lifestyle reasons
- 19 percent of people left for family reasons
- 5 percent of people left for health reasons
- 29 percent of people left for retirement reasons
The largest age population of those who left were those aged 55 to 64. Those 65 or older ranked a close second, with those aged 18 to 34 not far behind. The largest income group of those who moved out made an annual $150,000 or more.
Several years of a mass exodus from New York have resulted a gradual population decline over the past few years. Last March, U.S. Census data found that 73,000 New Yorkers moved out of the state between July 2015 and July 2016. Some of the largest percentage declines measured at that time were in Chautauqua County, in western New York, Jefferson County in the North Country and Broome County in the Southern Tier.
The decline in population resulted in New York losing two congressional seats after the 2010 census. In 2014, Florida surpassed New York as the third most populous states, after California and Texas.