Moving Out

The Story

From the bold agenda that Governor Cuomo described in his State of the State address, you wouldn’t know that New York leads the country in outmigration to other states. More and more residents are finding high taxes and poor-quality services reason enough to move out. With Cuomo promising more of the same, and little in the way of change, New York looks likely to remain the least desirable state for newcomers.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Bye: Since 2010, more than 1 million people have fled New York State. Read more.

  2. Upstate: Upstate New York is an economic disaster, and the state’s political class appears not to care. Read more.

  3. Taxed: New York’s tax climate is ranked as the nation’s third worst. Read more.

“People will make demographic choices about where they want to live. Some of them are climate-based.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

Down-and-Out Upstate By Jerry Zremski (Autumn 1999)

“While the rest of the rust belt prospers, upstate New York withers. Reasons: toxic taxes and ruinous regulation.”

Scheduling Note


In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, The Beat will resume on Wednesday, January 23.

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