New Yorkers are leaving their state in record numbers for sunny climate, low Florida taxes: report

According to one report, a record number of New Yorkers packed up and moved to Florida in 2022 to flee the state’s high taxes, rising crime and leftist politics.

Census data showed Florida was the Union’s fastest-growing state last year, and a whopping 64,577 driver’s license transfers came from the Empire State, the New York Post reported, citing the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

License transfers are a reliable metric to track migration because they indicate a permanent decision to relocate, the Post reported.

Last year’s number broke the previous record of 61,728 New Yorkers moving to Florida in 2021, according to the data.

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According to Mayflower, Sarasota, Florida was the top metropolitan area where Americans moved between July 2019 and July 2021. (iStock / iStock)

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The Tampa, Florida skyline as seen from Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. (Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images/Getty Images)

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The figures for 2022 were a 39% increase in emigration from New York to Florida compared to the year before the 2019 pandemic and a 46% increase compared to five years ago in 2017.

“They come in every day,” a Jacksonville DMV worker told the Post in an interview. “I hear all complaints. I feel like a therapist sometimes,” the worker joked.

The worker said the New York expats have complained about high taxes that drove them out of the state.

Although migration has slowed somewhat since the end of the COVID-19 pandemic and is a downside to New York’s tough pandemic policies, large numbers of state residents left for Florida in the final months of 2022.

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Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks with his wife Casey DeSantis during an election night party at the Convention Center on November 8, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. (Giorgio Viera/Getty Images/Getty Images)

A total of 15,595 New Yorkers moved to Florida in the final quarter of 2022, with more than 5,000 in December alone, the Post reported.

That number is down 8% from the last quarter of 2021, but is still 30% higher than the same period in 2019 and 45% higher than five years ago, according to the Post.

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Dozens of other states are also setting records for emigration to Florida, including New Jersey, California, Illinois and Pennsylvania.

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