Private group says NY exodus continuing

NEW YORK – New York State lost a net 1.6 million residents to other states between 2000 and 2010, according to 2010 Census data. The domestic migration outflow, coupled with a slowdown in foreign immigration, ensured that New York’s share of the nation’s population continued to slide in the first decade of the 21st century.

The statistics are contained in a report issued by The Empire Center for New York State Policy, a project of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, which describes itself as “… dedicated to promoting freedom, opportunity and enterprise in the Empire State”.

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R,I,C- CANANDAIGUA) says the report shows New Yorkers have “voted with their feet”

“The facts are inescapable: New York State’s lack of jobs, nation-leading taxes and anti-business regulatory policies are driving families and businesses away”, said Kolb, in a statement released Tuesday.  “Albany’s fiscal irresponsibility – such as doing nothing about the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Interest Assessment Surcharge being imposed on our already struggling businesses – will continue sending the message that New York is NOT open for business.”

This paper, first in a series using the latest census data to explore population trends in the Empire State, traces the ebb and flow of migration trends to and from New York in the past 50 years. To fill gaps in the historical statewide data, we rely on a combination of decennial census records, annual population estimates and state vital statistics dating back to 1960. Our findings:

  • Since 1960, New York has lost 7.3 million residents to the rest of the country.  This was partially offset by an influx of 4.8 million foreign immigrants, resulting in a net decline of 2.5 million residents.
  • New York’s average annual domestic migration loss – the difference between people moving in from other states and out to other states — jumped from about 60,000 people in the 1960s to an all-time high of nearly 237,000 in the 1970s.  The state’s domestic migration outflows have averaged between 130,000 and 160,000 a year since 1980.
  • For a second consecutive decade, New York’s net population loss due to domestic migration was the highest of any state as a percentage of population.
  • New York’s net migration loss – the sum of domestic and foreign migration – increased over the last decade to its highest level since the 1970s. Thirteen states had negative net migration between 2000 and 2010, and only three (Illinois, Louisiana and Michigan) lost a bigger share of their populations to migration than New York.