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February 6, 2008

New Yorkers still heading south; new Census Bureau data show states that gained New Yorkers in 2005-2006

ALBANY— More than 500,000 New Yorkers moved to other states between 2005 and 2006, according to recently released Census Bureau data.

The data show that 513,625 New Yorkers moved out of state between 2005 and 2006. Nearly 90,000 of the outbound New Yorkers in the time period studied headed south to Florida. New Jersey gained 54,781 new residents from New York that same year, while Pennsylvania and North Carolina gained 43,294 and 40,690 respectively.

New Yorkers found new homes in almost all states in between 2005 and 2006. Nearly 5,000 New Yorkers moved to the District of Columbia that year, and about 8,100 moved to Puerto Rico.

The only state not to gain from New York's outbound moves was Wyoming. That state lost an estimated 198 residents to the Empire State.

The Census Bureau also reports that between 2005 and 2006, 276,000 residents of other states moved to New York. About 37,000, or 13 percent of the total, crossed the border from New Jersey to New York. Florida lost an estimated 30,809 residents to New York that same year.

North Dakota was the only state which didn't see any residents move to New York between 2005 and 2006. However, more than 400 New Yorkers moved to North Dakota during that year.

The new data were released shortly after the Census Bureau released its July 2006-2007 population estimates. Those data, released on December 27, show that New York's population grew by only 0.08 percent between July 2006 and July 2007—ahead of only four other states and far below the national average growth rate of 0.96 percent.

More recently, a report by United Van Lines found found that of the company's 16,511 New York-related moves in 2007, nearly 60 percent involved moving New Yorkers to other states.

The new Census Bureau data has been added to Just the Facts, The Business Council's compendium of data on key economic indicators. Just the Facts is available at www.ppinys.org/reports/JustTheFacts.html.