(Long Island, NY) According to a New York Times report today, Florida is expected to overtake New York State in overall population if not yet, very soon; likely by 2014. The report extensively based on U.S. census data reveals that not only do foreign-born migrants prefer the states warmer climate, but that a whopping 50,000+ New Yorkers relocate south to Florida each year.
A southbound JetBlue flight headed to Jacksonville Florida from John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, Long Island in 2012. NewsLI.com file photo by John Colascione.
According to the United States census bureau, New York has a population ‘estimate’ as of 2012 of 19,570,261. Alternatively, the Sunshine State trailed at 19,317,568 as of the same 2012 estimate. But it’s not just an egotistical number which keeps NY ahead. The Times piece notes several ‘practical and political implications’, some of which NY has already seen in past years.
So why are so many people living in New York choosing to relocate to warmer climates, specifically Florida? Well for one Florida has no state income tax, a state of just seven in the United States vacant of the levy. Florida is also considered one of a few ‘pro-business states‘ as is Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina. The state typically has lower costs for businesses and less regulation. For instance, Office Depot chose Florida for its new corporate headquarters because of that state’s climate for business.
“The decision is the result of a thorough evaluation that took into account a number of important factors, including the cost to operate each headquarters location, lease obligations and sublease considerations, tax implications, government incentives, ability to add associates and incorporate functions in the current space, and people-related costs,” a statement from Office Depot read.
For ‘Beach Bums’ Florida Beaches are some of the best in the country boasting 663 miles of beaches. TripAdvisor.com lists the 2013 Travelers Choice Awards for Best Beaches in the United States with Florida taking 9 spots on the list, running second is Hawaii taking eight of them.
Other common reasons why people choose Florida are for lower home ownership costs and less stress. It’s long been proven that bad weather, tough financial situations and traffic can be stressful with New York coming in second place in a 2011 Forbes study of America’s most stressful cities, where high costs of living, traffic congestion and poor air quality were measured; Los Angeles topped the list in first.
But don’t run out and grab your beach gear throwing your family in the gas guzzling SUV just yet. You had better have a good secure career lined up, or even better – be in business for yourself before heading down. Florida was rated the absolute worst place to lose your job, because finding another one could be nearly impossible.
A CNN Money report placed Florida as the number one place to not get fired as it has the highest rate of long-term unemployment in the nation; certainly not good news for the 73,000 recipients of federal emergency unemployment funds whom stand to lose their benefits this week.
The Florida job marked is said to be improving as of last month when new jobless numbers were released, but the state indeed remains in a satisfactory position when it comes to providing its residents with ample opportunity. A good job in the United States is defined as one that pays at least $18.50 an hour, or $37,000 a year, has employer-provided health insurance and a retirement plan, according to the Center for Economic and Policy Research.
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