NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – As the old song goes, “if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.”

Unfortunately for New York, more people are choosing to leave the Big Apple and go “anywhere” but here.

According to U.S. Census data released Monday, people are leaving New York at a faster rate than nearly any other state in the nation.

For the fourth straight year, the state’s population decreased as the number of residents choosing to go elsewhere outpaced the number of births, new residents moving in, and people immigrating to the Empire State.

New York is one of only 10 states to see their population go down between 2018 and 2019, according to a study by the Empire Center for Public Policy.

“New York has lost nearly 1.4 million residents to the rest of the country since 2010 – and largely as a result of this outflow, the Empire State’s total population barely budged during the decade,” a Dec. 30 Empire Center release said.

“The cost of living in New York — the high taxes, regulations and housing costs — are making it untenable to live the American dream here,” Staten Island Councilman Joe Borelli told the New York Post.

The report did not make an assumption on why so many people are choosing to leave New York State.

In 2019 the state saw its population drop by 76,000 people — about 0.4 percent overall — the largest decline of any state in the U.S. last year.

Comments (68)
  1. Gerald Paglucio says:

    A lot of FALSE info here. In 2018-2019 over 700,000 people left California – many went to Texas.

  2. cwandrews says:

    Born and raised in Western New York. Couldn’t stay around after college, because of high taxes. That was almost 30 years ago – can’t imagine how terrible it is now.

    Friends I know, who stayed, have monthly taxes that exceed their mortgage payments – incredible.

  3. willemite51 says:

    So who does CBS look too for quotes? The Empire Center for Public Policy is an entity dedicated to producing pro-Republican screeds by the bushel. It is headed by a Trump supporter who owns a paving company. Who else? A Republican Staten Island Councilman, as told to Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post, I guess covering two right-wing bases with one quote. Maybe the CBS reporter who put this piece together could not find any Democrats in his/her contact list? And maybe forgot to check in with Fox News to see what they had to say. Fact is NYC increased population from 2010 to 2017 by over two hundred thousand. Jobs are becoming increasingly centered in big-draw places like NYC, LA, DC, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Atlanta, and other megalopolis-y locations. Other places, smaller cities, rural areas are losing population. And New York State is a rust-belt state once you get well out of the Big Apple. Sure, there are plenty of problems in NYC, plenty of problems in most large cities. But losing population is not among them. More needs to be done to encourage development that can sustain in places that do not glitter. Private enterprise is clearly not interested. It is up to government to figure out programs that work and implement workable programs, even if it is over the objections of those who see in any government program a communist menace, and believe that any tax is too much.

  4. Dave says:

    There isn’t a more obnoxious and arrogant group in the US than NY city types.
    They vote democrat, turn their city into a sewer, move to FL, then vote democrat again!

  5. Dave says:

    After turning their city into a democrat sewer, these arrogant NY types come to FL and what do they do?

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