During the first four months of the year, a total of 21,546 New Yorkers have decided to swap their driver’s licenses for Florida ones. This represents a 12 percent increase in license swaps from the same period in 2021 and a 55 percent increase from the first four months of 2019.
If migration trends persist, the number of New Yorkers leaving for Florida could surpass last year’s record of 61,728.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams previously speculated that the exodus to Florida would settle down and that some people could come back to the city once it reopened and rolled back most restrictions.
The mayor’s belief is founded on the wrong assumption that the economic restrictions placed upon New Yorkers at the onset of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic are the only reason why Americans, and in particular businesses that bring jobs and wealth to the city, are fleeing Democrat-controlled states and metro areas. (Related: Over a million Americans have fled blue states due to high rates of crime, taxes and economic regulation.)
Similar situations can be seen in other blue states, such as New Jersey, California, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Connecticut. A total of 10,580 New Jersey residents have turned in their licenses, compared to 9,664 during the same period in 2021.
A total of 9,645 Californians became formal Floridians during the first four months of the year. This represents an 18 percent increase over the same time last year when only 8,166 people from the Golden State made the move.
Meanwhile, Florida received 8,412 people from Pennsylvania, 8,149 from Illinois and 3,950 from Connecticut.
Taxes, regulations, crime all factors that decide whether Americans want to stay in blue states
People fled blue states due mostly to the high tax rates and soaring crimes. But since the implementation of lockdowns and other economic restrictions, this mass internal migration has accelerated. Now people are leaving in droves as New York City and other metro areas all over the country descend into chaos.
More and more New Yorkers are frightened to even walk their streets, let alone take public transportation, such as the subway, which is plagued with crime and prone to murder and shootout incidents.
All of these have contributed to the decline in quality of life in New York, which is leading to more people deciding to abandon the state which further reduces the quality of life as the state’s tax base diminishes.
Even some of New York City’s largest businesses and Wall Street firms are now moving their operations down to Florida, believing the state to be an attractive place for long-term expansion.
Among them is Goldman Sachs, which has already purchased several properties and opened outposts in West Palm Beach.
Southeast Florida took in the most former New Yorkers this year so far, with Palm Beach County leading the pack with 2,935 new residents giving up their New York licenses for Florida ones.
Palm Beach County is followed by Broward County with 1,946 and Miami-Dade with 1,777.
Learn more about crime in the United States at Collapse.news.
Watch this clip from InfoWars as host Owen Shroyer talks about the phenomenon of Americans fleeing Democrat-controlled states for Republican ones.
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