Florida Will Soon Surpass New York In Population, Report Says

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Winter weather, fewer jobs and retirement are some of the reasons many New York residents are moving to Florida, according to a story in The New York Times.
Winter weather, fewer jobs and retirement are some of the reasons many New York residents are moving to Florida, according to a story in The New York Times. Photo Credit: The Daily Voice/File photo

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y.— Florida will soon surpass New York as the third most populated state in the country, according to a story in the New York Times.

Census Bureau estimates will be released Monday. Florida and New York will be separated by a few thousand people, the report said. If Florida does not overtake New York this year, it will almost certainly occur in 2014.

California and Texas are 1-2 in population. New York residents are fleeing to Florida for weather, retirement and the economy, as New York has lost a significant number of manufacturing jobs. Buffalo has lost more than 10 percent of its population since 2000, according to the story, and population in Rochester and Syracuse is stagnant.

Read the complete story in The New York Times online.

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A couple of years ago when NY raised the income tax rates again a wealthy friend of mine decided he'd had enough. He sold his Manhattan condo and bought a home on a gated Miami Beach island. He set up a satellite office for his company down there and now runs his NY business from Miami. He comes back up to meet with his staff and customers 3 or 4 times a year for a couple of weeks. So now, NYS only gets to tax a small part of his salary. Before, he paid both NYS AND NYC tax on ALL his income, which beside the salary included significant investment income and rents from his Texas shopping center. This just happens to be one person that I know. How many others are there like him who are fleeing the state and taking their money with them?

I can think of many reasons to leave NYS. Taxes, bad economy, corrupt politicians, restrictive gun laws, and others. I am thinking of moving out of this state soon.

I wrote to our New York Democratic Party Elected officials the following ----

What palliatives do you have to offer for this disgrace ---


we were once called the Empire State for a very good reason; now we are scoffed at, ridiculed as we put citizens out of real wealth creating work for low level service jobs in soon to be built casinos.

What plans, if any do you have to alter your failed ways ?

I eagerly await their studied replies.

Taxes are one of the biggest reasons for population loss in NY! Too many free rides are given out at the expense of the hard working tax payer.

Fla's state budget is about 1/2 of New Yorks. I guess removing all that snow is expensive. Then again NY gives generous pensions and salaries to its employees and we probably have twice as many employees, not to mention an embedded Teachers Union that's also sucking the life out of every taxpayer.

And Fla doesn't have an income tax, how's that possible? And cheap property taxes too? Again how's that possible? I bet they've got cheap electricty and car insurance too.

The DV should do a side by side comparsion of the costs, taxes, expenses between the 2 states. Just remember these things when you vote next November because with the likes of Paulin, Otis, Latimer & Stewart-Cousins representing us in Albany you can bet nothings ever going to change. That's for sure.