Report Shows 1.6 Million New Yorkers Left Empire State Since 2000

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — More people are leaving the Empire State, according to a new report.

An analysis of US Census data by the Empire Center for New York State Policy found 1.6 million New Yorkers moved to other states between 2000 and 2010, the highest number in three decades.

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reports

That number totaled more than the populations of Buffalo, Rochester, Yonkers, White Plains and West Babylon combined.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he isn’t surprised by the report.

“Just look to see where we send pension benefit checks. An awful lot of them are outside of New York,” said Bloomberg. “Those are the very people who are represented by unions who say, ‘oh you could afford to tax more.'”

Mike Durant, New York state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, says the exodus from New York is because of a bad job market and taxes.

“What we are seeing is a result of a decade-long decrease in the ability of New Yorkers to either find a job or to create a job,” said Durant. “Employers are leaving the state, people are leaving the state for a lower tax burden.” 

Durant also says losing population means we lose representation in Congress.

“That lack of political clout has a pretty hefty impact on New York because it impacts are ability to get federal dollars and our influence on issues that are more national,” he said.

Some of the losses in the state were offset by the steady influx of immigrants to New York City.

The US Census numbers show the state’s population did grow by 2 percent over the decade to 19.4 million.

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  1. Concern says:

    Unions cents for charities

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  3. Jeff says:

    Think about it..it costs me more in tolls to go from the Hudson Valley to queens then it is to go from the Hudson valley all the way to florida/…..I pay all these $$$ in tolls and the roads here are still horrible…

    too expensive…..so we vote with our feet..let this state rot into a thrid world entitlement abyss…i cant wait to leave….

  4. M.O'Reilly says:

    Mayor Koch thru Bloomberg sold out neighborhoods to hi rise developers that formerly made NYC and it’s boro’s so unique ,now the city is hipster and generic ,look at the new West side or 6th Avenue from 23rd street on up,it looks like any cookie cutter city, For the middle class the Landlord Sharks have killed renting costs and now in cahoots with the banks ,one must buy a condo or pass a co-op board so one ends up staying even more in debt for the joy of living here …,what joy? What remains here are young people living 6 in an apartment to pay the
    rent while working a nothing job in a bar paying for their college degree and
    other never ending debts. Sad life,no wonder the young people drink so much
    to forget their never ending debt just to be in New Yawk.

  5. Donny Duck says:

    This woman went to Atlanta from NYC ,Atlanta is a quietly very violent city
    it has one of the weirdest relations between white & black citizens in almost
    every area of city or Suburban life ,I lived there for 5 years and glad to be
    back here, where usually my skin color is not so noteworthy if you know
    what I mean.

  6. PIKE BISHOP JR. says:

    THAT NUMBER IS CORRECT..ALL MEXICANS..ALL ILLEGALS..WHO ASKED THEM TO COME HERE..WHO NEEDED THEM?..OH AND TAKE SOME OF OUR PRECIOUS RUSSIANS BACK WITH YOU..THEY CAN DO THE JOBS YOU DONT LIKE..TOO DO…THEY WORK CHEAP..

    1. emmas says:

      What’s the difference between a Nassau County cop and a taxi driver? The taxi driver gets $10/hr while the Nassau County cop gets $150K salary/$100K pension, and most of their “law enforcement work” is at accident sites.
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    2. WilsonVictor says:

      Buffalo wasted it’s help on political cronies pet projects which created no new businesses or jobs. multiply that by the entire upstate area and you have an upstatre economy that looks like West Virginia.@Pete I just paid $23,98 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $37,59 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $677 which only cost me $72,13 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, CentStart.com

    3. WilsonVictor says:

      I hope one of those uneducated kids that teachers try to kkep motivated in school, doesnt come by and rob your Gucci purse@Gons I just paid $23,98 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $37,59 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $677 which only cost me $72,13 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, CentStart.com

  7. Nick 1975 says:

    The cost of living in NYC is ridiculous even outside of Mahattan. Studio apartments now cost at least $1,500 a month in Queens & Brooklyn plus close to the highest rates in the country for auto insurance, utilities and groceries.
    $100,000 a year for a single person is considered minimum wage and not even middle class.

    NYC is great if you are under 35, make $200,000 a year in base salary on Wall Street (plus bonus of course) or are a trust fund kid from the Upper East or West Side.

    Oh and the cops are sure doing their job. Most of the NYPD are now on traffic patrol quick to pull anyone over not wearing a seat belt or even looking like they are using a cell phone.

    1. KPM says:

      “Oh and the cops are sure doing their job. Most of the NYPD are now on traffic patrol quick to pull anyone over not wearing a seat belt or even looking like they are using a cell phone.”

      So.. people are leaving New York State to go places they can better skirt legitimate traffic laws?

      If that’s the case let them text/talk away and get ejected from their cars and splatter away all over the roads of Arizona or Texas or wherever the seatbelt-hating cell-addicted morons choose to go.

      1. joey from b'hurst says:

        I think NIck 1975 was hinting at the fact that NYC cops are on a revenue gathering mission by issuing tickets. Most residents are fed up with all the taxes and registration fees for this and that.

        Why do I have to pay $8 each year to register my building, with Albany. All this piece of paper asks whether I am still the owner. Why can’t Albany cross reference with NYC, who is paying the taxes on this building!

  8. john says:

    enslave me to poverty for 25-30 years and you can bet your unborn i’m moving with my pension!!!!

  9. vy says:

    NYC GAINED population during those 30 years between 1980 and 2010. The loss was entirely from UPSTATE, where pay to play ploiticians are more corrupt than NYC politicians have been since Tammy Hall. Althought the people controlling Buffalo today are working hard toturn it around, look at buffalo compared to Pittsburgh, PA. Both lost comparable industries and comparable employment at the same time, but Pittsburgh used what ever help it got and is now a thriving city again. Buffalo wasted it’s help on political cronies pet projects which created no new businesses or jobs. multiply that by the entire upstate area and you have an upstatre economy that looks like West Virginia.

    1. Nick 1975 says:

      Most of the population growth was from either third world immigrants or the very rich who work on Wall Street. The middle class has continued to shrink.. Like someone said on another board, the only way to live cheaply in NYC (or anywhere in the metropolitan area) is to be on welfare or know how to cheat the system for benefits.

  10. dp says:

    1.6 million left…but the population grew by 2%

    Whats the point of this story?

    1. mo says:

      1.6 tax payers left the state only to be replaced by even more who are on the public dole. A net loss in monies to the state coffers.

      THAT’S the story.

  11. donald says:

    inceasing attacks on senior citizens – high taxes – high rents – dirty and noisy city. only the rich can afford to live here, i want to live somewhere i can get up and breath some fresh air. a small town where every one know’s you and lookout for each other. i love new york but i can’t afford to stay here

    1. Timmy says:

      Goodbye, Mr. Trump. Everyone thought you were a d***wipe with bad hair anyway.

  12. Jerry says:

    Look at our legislators…………Spitzer,Rangel, Weiner just to name a few perverts and tax cheaters as our leaders.
    What do you expect great governing when all these guys are too busy with their own illegal corrupt agendas???
    Look at Nassau County Exec Mangano trying to balance his books on a ridiculous colliseum project while Nassau County is already reeling from unconscionable salaries and perks for their muni workers.
    He hasn’t a clue what to do or the spine to do it?
    My wife and myself, too, are leaving this all tax no service state for gereener pastures as many empty nesters are creating more burden for taxpayers as we’re being replaced tax evaders and illegal immigrants with many children who only take take take and don’t give anything in return.

  13. Darko Begonia says:

    1.6 million New Yorkers moved to other states between 2000 and 2010 and were quickly replaced by 1.6 million tourists between 28th and 57th streets and Fifth and Ninth Avenues.

    1. pauldsui says:

      and I feel bad for the state all these people landed!

  14. Joker Mayor says:

    Bloomby are you kidding me? 1.6 million retirees left New York….? You are so out of touch with anything not named Manhattan. Maybe when you retire Bloomby, you wont collect a pension and put it back in the school system. How about vacationing within NY State, instead of visiting the Carribean every weekend….put your money to work here. Sick of this little rat.

    1. LazyUnionWorker says:

      rediculous statement…YEARS of liberal leadership in this pathetic state. Taxes, unions, legacy payments, illegals. NY state, where businesses go to die.

      1. Christine says:

        Don’t forget crumbling infrastructure, out of sight transportation costs,a backwards education system rewarding teachers while depriving students.
        A backwards, cart leading the horse philosophy.
        Teachers working only 39 weeks a year ,6 hr days??
        Gimme a break, they should have to work as everyone else throughout the summer continually reskilling. Our students graduate as illiterates while we are dropping to third world in academics

      2. paildsi says:

        Union destroy the states

      3. Donahue says:

        What’s the difference between a Nassau County cop and a taxi driver? The taxi driver gets $10/hr while the Nassau County cop gets $150K salary/$100K pension, and most of their “law enforcement work” is at accident sites.

      4. Donahue says:

        I left out wallpapering people’s windshields at train stations with B.S. tickets.

      5. Joker Mayor says:

        Christine, you work on Wall Street, dont you….you couldnt work 1hour as a teacher let alone in any job that requires some skill…..who are you kidding? Keep blaming the teachers…..that will get you far in life. I hope one of those uneducated kids that teachers try to kkep motivated in school, doesnt come by and rob your Gucci purse…..

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