It’s really difficult to figure out the reasons why so many people would be running away from the state of New York like it’s the plague.
Perhaps it is the lawmakers that are trying to strip down the constitutional right to bear arms for law-abiding citizens.
Perhaps it is the fact that welfare recipients can use taxpayer money to purchase lap dances and liquor.
Maybe it is the rampant corruption still evident in government.
Could it be that taxes are again about to go up?
Or perhaps it is that, despite the fact that Governor Cuomo has declared the state “open for business”, New York still ranks dead last in business friendliness.
Whatever the reasoning, people continue to flee New York in droves. According to a United Van Lines study of migration patterns, New York is the fourth leading state for driving out its residents.
No. 4: New York Percentage of outbound moves in 2012: 57.7% Number of exits tracked: 5,441
In fact, things are so bad in New York, that it’s actually cited as a significant reason for New Jersey landing the top spot, seemingly dragging the Garden State down with it.
At No. 1, New Jersey has the highest ratio of people moving out compared to those moving in. Of the 6,300 total moves tracked in the state last year, 62% were outbound.
“New Jersey has been suffering from deindustrialization for some time now, as manufacturing moved from the Northeast to the South and West,” says economist Michael Stoll, professor and chair of the Department of Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles. “And because it’s tied to New York, the high housing costs may also be pushing people out.”
Its not bad enough that New York is the liberal policy cesspool that it is, but it’s bringing neighboring states down with it.