Florida Announces Stunning Number of New Yorkers Moved to State During Pandemic

More than 33,500 New Yorkers have moved to Florida in the past 10 months, according to the Florida Department of Highway and Motor Vehicle Safety, with many suggesting that the COVID-19 pandemic sparked the move.

The numbers reflect a 32% increase over the same time frame in 2020, when 25,370 New York driver’s licenses were traded for Florida the ones New York Post reported.

New York transplants favor the southeastern counties of Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade, the numbers show.

South Florida real estate agent Bonnie Heatzig told WABC-TV that most New Yorkers moved to Florida by the end of 2020.

“New York was closed, New Jersey was closed,” Heatzig said.


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“There are people who say, ‘I really want to go to Florida. I want to accelerate my plan,” she said.

Heatzig added that some New Yorkers bought properties in Florida without visiting them.

“These are people who are moving to South Florida to start their lives, to send their children to school, to start a new business,” she said. “These people are here to stay.”

Real estate agents say some New Yorkers work remotely from Florida during the pandemic will turn the Sunshine State into their permanent residence and use Manhattan as a second residence.

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However, Martin Melkonian, an associate professor of economics at Hofstra University on Long Island, expressed doubt that New Yorkers are in Florida permanently.

“There are some things about New York that are not true of any other part of the country,” he said.

“For that reason, I think many of them will rethink their decision.”


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About 900 people a day have moved in Florida in May, Florida’s chief financial officer, Jimmy Patronis, told Fox Business.

Patronis said people are fleeing “financial train tracks” like New York and moving to Florida to escape “tax hell”.

Republican Senator Rick Scott added that people are also evading prolonged coronavirus restrictions.

Sara Guando, who moved from Long Island to Tampa in February, told WABC: “There is a lot of work to be done outside.

Erin Coates was an editor for Western Magazine for more than two years before becoming a news writer. A graduate of the University of Oregon, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.

Erin Coates was an editor for Western Magazine for more than two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, went on to attend the University of Oregon and graduated with honors with a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an editorial associate for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research on data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data journalism: Past, Present, and Future”. Erin is a runner with a passion for young girls and has served as a coach for Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to foster social dialogue and tell the stories of those around her.

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Bachelor of Journalism, University of Oregon

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Data Journalism Contributors: Past, Present, and Future


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