The pandemic appears to have caused an exodus from New York to Florida in the past year, with more than 33,000 New Yorkers heading south for more sunshine, relaxed COVID-19 restrictions and cheaper taxes.
According to data from Florida’s Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, 33,565 people from New York applied for a driver’s license in Florida from September 2020 through March 2021.
The number represents a 32 percent increase from the previous year, when 25,370 New Yorkers applied for Florida ID.
While the pandemic appears to have caused the surge in transplants, Florida has long been a popular destination for New Yorkers more than any other state, with data from April 2019 to April 2021 showing 104,960 New Yorkers got their New York driver’s licenses. trade for Florida ones.
Florida was the number one destination for Americans moving during the pandemic, according to a study by Move.org, while New York was the second most popular place Americans wanted to leave.
New Yorker Sara Guando (left) moved to Tampa in February amid concerns about a pandemic. She was among 33,565 who fled the state to Florida during the pandemic, according to Florida DMV data, and may remain there. Beth Goldin (right) plans to move to Florida in October
Data from the Florida DMV appears to show a mass exodus of people from New York who exchanged their New York driver’s licenses for those from Florida. Movers can be seen in Manhattan in September
New Jersey came in second with 53,901, while Georgia, Illinois and California trailed with 48,143, 46,042 and 43,801, respectively, according to an analysis of the New York Post.
The massive transplant appears to have contributed to a population surge in the Sunshine State, with the Bureau of Economic and Demographic Research estimating it added 387,479 new residents by 2020, a 1.83 percent change from the previous year when it added 368,021 added to its inhabitants. population.
The state’s annual demographic estimation conference said the pandemic had caused population growth estimates to be revised upwards, which it said was supported by an apparent shift in lifestyle preferences away from the more densely populated urban areas found elsewhere.
While the pandemic has led to a large number of moves, the high cost of living in New York also appears to be a driver for people in the South.
Sara Guando, 34, who is originally from Ridge, Long Island, told: ABC7 that she moved to Tampa in February, but that the cheaper location may encourage her to stay there.
“I don’t feel like I live paycheck to paycheck as much as I do on Long Island,” she said.
The pandemic appears to have caused population growth in the Sunshine State, with the Office of Economic and Demographic Research estimating it added 387,479 new residents by 2020, a 1.83 percent change from the previous year.
Millennials seemed to make up the bulk of the people moving during the pandemic
A third of people who moved in 2020 said it was due to the coronavirus pandemic
Long Island resident Beth Goldin, Huntington, told the station that she, too, was planning to move to Florida in October. Her reasons were simple.
“Taxes are better,” she said. ‘No more winter. I’ve already given away all my spades.’
Bonnie Heatzig, a real estate agent in South Florida, said the biggest influx of New Yorkers looking to move there came in late 2020.
“New York was closed, New Jersey was closed. There were people who said, “I really want to come to Florida. I want to speed up my plans.”‘
The most common New York buyers, she said, were from Manhattan, and many still own second homes in the city, but some are trying to make Florida their permanent home.
For 2020, the website Move.org ranked Florida as the country’s most popular destination, according to a survey based on US Census data and a Pollfish survey of 700 Americans.
New York, on the other hand, ranked the second highest state where people moved to other locations, trailing only California.
Nearly a third of those surveyed said the move was motivated by concerns about the coronavirus, and the largest demographic of people moving were those in the 25-34 age bracket, with 33 percent of respondents, with the second largest in the 35-44 age group. age range at 32 percent.
For New Yorkers, especially young people, the county of Palm Beach was by far the most popular destination, with 14,045 transplants in New York from 2019 to 2021, with Broward and Miami-Dade counties behind with 8,422 and 8,033 respectively, the Post also reported. .
Palm Beach (pictured) is the most popular destination for New Yorkers migrating south
By the end of 2020, Palm Beach had undergone a dramatic transformation due to the influx of New Yorkers, with many appearing to be young families.
Many of those moving to the county are young families who are no longer interested in the complications of living in New York City at such a perilous time, with a Sotheby’s real estate agent claiming in December that the median age in Palm Beach’ fell faster than spaghetti from a toddler’s high chair,’ Bloomberg reported.
The changes taking place in Palm Beach echo the changes the Hamptons saw in the 1980s as finance workers began to shape the region into what it is today.
Sarah Wetenhall, president of the Colony Hotel, and Andrew Wetenhall, a finance officer, are native New Yorkers who moved to Palm Beach in March.
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During the coronavirus pandemic, Sarah Wetenhall even redesigned parts of the Colony Hotel to make it friendlier to the influx of families moving to the area, adding the Gournay wallpaper and stain-resistant some of the furnishings.
Another New Yorker who recently moved from New York to Palm Beach is Anna Raytcheva, who worked at Citigroup before starting her own hedge fund.
“Without the pandemic, it wouldn’t have been so easy to make the move,” Raytcheva told Bloomberg. “I can concentrate without much distraction, but have the flexibility to take advantage of the good weather.”
Palm Beach Day Academy, a co-ed private school for preschool through ninth grade, added 65 new students from the northeastern United States in the past few months of 2020.
Hedge fund owner Anna Raytcheva also moved from NYC to Palm Beach in late 2020
The Palm Beach Day Academy has seen at least 65 new students from the northeastern United States since the start of the pandemic
In addition, the demand for nannies and housekeepers has grown with the influx of young families from New York.
The Wellington Agency, a domestic staffing agency with offices in both New York and Palm Beach, trains new hires through Zoom before working with wealthy clients for the first time.
There are also no signs that New Yorkers will stop planting their roots in Palm Beach anytime soon.
The South Florida Business Journal reports that a New York investment group has purchased an apartment complex on the island for $47 million.
Meanwhile, Goldman Sachs may want to move its asset management division to Palm Beach, although not everyone believes the rumor.
“The whole idea that financial services, like hedge funds, are going to create these huge jobs is ridiculous,” developer Jeff Greene told The Palm Beach Post.
“I think some will come here, they’ll try, move a few people and see if more people come, but I think the idea of every hedge fund leaving New York City and moving to Palm Beach is just folly.”