Survey Finds Why New Yorkers Are Moving to Florida

In 2022, Florida’s population grew to more than 22 million, and the annual increase of 1.9% was the largest of any U.S. state, according to recent data by the Census Bureau. The state’s popularity has been growing for decades, but the trend picked up pace during the pandemic and does not seem to be slowing down any time soon.

The Sunshine State is particularly attractive for New Yorkers struggling with rising living costs, severe weather, and high taxes in their home state. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles statistics show that last year, 64,577 people renewed their driver’s licenses from New York in Florida, up from 61,728 in 2021.

With this trend continuing to move upward, the team at BestBrokers decided to analyze the main reasons behind the migration to Florida. We surveyed 1223 people from the Facebook group “Moving from NY/NJ to FL” in order to find out why so many New Yorkers are moving to sunny Florida.

We asked respondents to give their main reasons for relocating, offering them 7 response options. They had to rank the answers in descending order, from the most to the least important ones.

Lower Taxes

343 respondents or 28.1%

For years, Florida has been known for having lower taxes than most states. It is among the few that do not tax income, and roughly 28 percent of people in our survey placed “lower taxes” as their main motivation for swapping New York for the Sunshine State.

Lower Cost of Living

308 respondents or 25.2%

The lower cost of living was also cited as one of the most important reasons for relocating from New York to Florida. While in the past, Florida may indeed have been one of the least expensive states to live in, this is not what recent figures show. According to the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, the costs for housing, groceries, and utilities in Florida were higher than the U.S. average in 2022.

Better Job and Career Opportunities

185 respondents or 15.1%

Many people relocate to another state because they find a better job, and for many New Yorkers, Florida simply offers better job and career opportunities. This was the third most important reason chosen by survey respondents. According to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics figures for November 2022, Florida saw the largest increase in job openings from October to November 2022, when 85,000 jobs were added.


132 respondents or 10.8%

Nearly 11 percent of respondents said they are moving to Florida for their retirement, and this is hardly a surprising response. Over the years, the state has earned a reputation for being the perfect location for retirees. The year-round warm weather and endless beaches are certainly part of its appeal, but being tax-friendly is also a huge motivation.

The Relaxed, Holiday Atmosphere

126 respondents or 10.3%

Florida is a popular tourist destination, and for roughly 10% of survey respondents, its holiday atmosphere is the main reason for relocating. There are hundreds of beaches, restaurants, museums, and tons of things to do around the state. Disney World iso here, along with many other theme parks, as well as the Kennedy Space Center and Universal Studios.

Warm Weather

66 respondents or 5.4%

The warm weather was chosen by 66 respondents in the survey, and for the most part, Florida has truly beautiful weather all year round. While most people love the sun and the high temperatures, Summers are hot and humid, with a lot of rain. So, before moving to the state, people, especially those from northern, colder regions, should take the heat and the humidity into account.

More Accessible Schools and Colleges

63 respondents or 5.1%

For roughly 5.1 percent of respondents, an important reason for leaving New York for Florida is the fact that the Sunshine State has a lot of A-level private schools, which are generally more affordable than those in New York. In addition, there are great colleges and universities. By 2021, Florida had been ranked the nation’s number one state for higher education for five consecutive years by U.S. News and World Report.


The team at BestBrokers used data from Missouri Economic Research and Information Center for the Cost of Living Index, as well as tax revenue figures from the Federation of Tax Administrators for the total state tax revenue collected by each state. Statistics for the average 2022 personal income was extracted from the U.S. 2/21/23, 12:24 PM Survey Finds Why New Yorkers Are Moving to Florida – 3/3 Bureau of Economic Analysis website. We also gathered data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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