More than half a million people left New York for greener pastures out west last year, amid concerns about rocketing crime combined with sky-high rent prices, new data shows. 

The US Census Bureau has revealed an estimated 545,598 residents moved from the Empire State to other parts of the US in 2022 – with Florida, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and California being the top states for relocation. 

By comparison, only 163, 416 people moved to the Big Apple region from within the US in the same period – marking an inter-state net exodus of minus 382,182. 

One thing the city has retained however is its status as a sanctuary for refugees and asylum seekers – with 138,045 people migrating to the east coast metropolis from abroad in 2022. There are no comparable figures for those who left the state to move across the Atlantic. 

The NY exodus comes as 30 percent of residents said they wished they lived somewhere else due to rising rent combined with high tax, the political climate and crime, according to a study by the Siena College Research Institute

The US Census Bureau has revealed an estimated 545,598 residents moved from the Empire State to other parts of the US in 2022 - with Florida , New Jersey , Connecticut , Pennsylvania and California being the top states for relocation

The US Census Bureau has revealed an estimated 545,598 residents moved from the Empire State to other parts of the US in 2022 - with Florida , New Jersey , Connecticut , Pennsylvania and California being the top states for relocation

The US Census Bureau has revealed an estimated 545,598 residents moved from the Empire State to other parts of the US in 2022 – with Florida , New Jersey , Connecticut , Pennsylvania and California being the top states for relocation

More than half a million people left New York for greener pastures out west last year, amid concerns about rocketing crime combined with sky-high rent prices, new data shows

More than half a million people left New York for greener pastures out west last year, amid concerns about rocketing crime combined with sky-high rent prices, new data shows

More than half a million people left New York for greener pastures out west last year, amid concerns about rocketing crime combined with sky-high rent prices, new data shows

The most popular state to relocate was Florida , where 91,201 New Yorkers moved in 2022. (Pictured: the Miami skyline at night)

The most popular state to relocate was Florida , where 91,201 New Yorkers moved in 2022. (Pictured: the Miami skyline at night)

The most popular state to relocate was Florida , where 91,201 New Yorkers moved in 2022. (Pictured: the Miami skyline at night) 

‘Large majorities of New Yorkers say the quality of life in the Empire State is excellent or good, and that they are happy that they live here,’ said Don Levy, the institute’s director. 

‘But about 30 percent say they wish they lived elsewhere and 31 percent plan to leave New York when they retire.’ 

Which states did New Yorkers move to in 2022? 

Florida: 91,201

New Jersey: 75,103

Connecticut: 50,670

Pennsylvania: 44,807

California: 31,255

Texas: 30,890

North Carolina: 25,024

Massachusetts: 21,186

Virginia: 17,516

Georgia: 16,535

South Carolina: 15,537

Illinois: 12,072

Maryland: 9,453

Source: US Census Bureau

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Manhattan has been plagued by a rise in murders, rapes and robberies over the past year, driving people out over concerns for their personal safety. 

Damning NYPD data showed that violent crime across these categories were all up from last year, hitting highs not seen in decades in both 2020 and 2021. 

And New Yorkers are becoming increasingly concerned about it, with 87 percent of residents saying crime is a serious problem in the state, while 61 percent admitted to worrying about becoming a victim.

This climate of fear combined with rent prices as high as the concrete jungle’s skyscrapers seem to have triggered the mass departure. 

Levy said NY residents rated it as ‘poor’ for affordability, with crime as an issue highlighted particularly by lower earners, elderly people, Black people and Republicans in the state. 

‘Most say that there’s a lot to love here in New York – other New Yorkers, the quality of both education and healthcare, the availability of quality leisure activities and the opportunity to be successful,’ he said. 

‘But two-thirds give the state a poor grade on affordability, and half of all New Yorkers, and about 60 percent of lower income residents, those over 50, Blacks and Republicans say that as a place where you feel safe from crime, the state is only fair or poor.’ 

Manhattan rents hit a new record in July this year of an average $5,588 per month – up 30 percent since 2019, and nine percent since the same time in 2022.

Median rent, at $4,400 per month, and the median price per square foot of $84.74, also hit a new record, a report from Miller Samuel and Douglas Elliman revealed. 

The average price of a Manhattan studio in July was $3,278 and a three-bedroom apartment was $10,673.

Levy said NY residents rated it as 'poor' for affordability, with crime as an issue highlighted particularly by lower earners, elderly people, Black people and Republicans in the state

Levy said NY residents rated it as 'poor' for affordability, with crime as an issue highlighted particularly by lower earners, elderly people, Black people and Republicans in the state

Levy said NY residents rated it as ‘poor’ for affordability, with crime as an issue highlighted particularly by lower earners, elderly people, Black people and Republicans in the state

Florida has now topped the list of states with a tax revenue of over $12 billion, largely due to migration from higher-tax states like New York. (Pictured: South Beach Miami)

Florida has now topped the list of states with a tax revenue of over $12 billion, largely due to migration from higher-tax states like New York. (Pictured: South Beach Miami)

Florida has now topped the list of states with a tax revenue of over $12 billion, largely due to migration from higher-tax states like New York. (Pictured: South Beach Miami)

The larger, more expensive apartments have seen the largest increase in prices since the pandemic disrupted the market.

It was coronavirus which first ignited much of the movement from New York too, as looser lockdown regulations in Republican states and the fear of living in a densely populated city as the disease took hold prompted many to escape. 

Data shows New Yorkers opted primarily for Sunbelt states like Texas and Florida during the peak COVID-19 period. 

Census data which tracked the 545,598 people leaving New York comes with a margin of error of 21,535 – meaning the real figure could be as high as 567,733. 

The most popular state to relocate to was Florida, where 91,201 New Yorkers moved in 2022. 

This was followed by 75,103 moving to the neighboring state of New Jersey, 50,670 to Connecticut, 44,807 to Pennsylvania, 31,255 to California, and 30, 890 to Texas.

Florida is seen as a financial oasis for many thanks to the fact that – like Texas – it does not charge income tax. 

A 2023 study by personal finance company Smart Asset found that thousands of millennials earning more than $200,000 are fleeing high-tax states like New York to catch a break from the financial drain. 

A new study suggests 26-35-year-olds earning over $200,000 are fleeing California and New York in favor of states like Florida and Texas

A new study suggests 26-35-year-olds earning over $200,000 are fleeing California and New York in favor of states like Florida and Texas

A new study suggests 26-35-year-olds earning over $200,000 are fleeing California and New York in favor of states like Florida and Texas 

Florida, Texas, New Jersey, Colorado and North Carolina are the top five states which had seen the biggest increase in the number of young, high earners moving in. 

Moves to red states like Florida and Texas could also be down to the vastly different political climates they offer – with 43 percent of New Yorkers saying their local political system ‘works for people like them’, per the Siena College survey. 

The honey-trap states for New Yorkers are also among the top states people come from for a bite of the Big Apple via relocation – but in much smaller cohorts.  

By comparison to the 75,103 movers from NY to NJ in 2022, 38,771 made the reverse move. Meanwhile, 50,670 people relocated from NY to CT, while a paltry 14,981 moved from the Constitution State to the Big Apple region. 

An estimated 44,807 New Yorkers moved to PA, 28,184 moved to the Keystone State from NY. And as 30, 890 moved from the Manhattan region to TX, only 12,233 made the reverse move.  

California was the only state which saw more people moving from it to New York than vice versa – with some 31,255 moving from NY versus 31,681 Californians going east. 

This could be down to the fact the two states have similar political climates as Dem-led states, high crime rates and high taxes. 

Leading the way for the most unaffordable city in the United States is, unsurprisingly, the Big Apple

Leading the way for the most unaffordable city in the United States is, unsurprisingly, the Big Apple

Leading the way for the most unaffordable city in the United States is, unsurprisingly, the Big Apple

Generally cheaper rent in California cities than in the Big Apple could be what is coaxing New Yorkers towards Gold Coast living.  

Statistics on the New York exodus exclude foreigners who have moved in and out of New York from around the world, as the city is known as a sanctuary for refugees and asylum seekers. 

Census figures show 138,045 people moved to the east coast metropolis from abroad in 2022. There are no comparable stats for the number who moved out of NYC across the Atlantic. 

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