New York state, that is. And it’s nothing to cheer about.
The numbers-crunchers have been predicting it for more than a year, but the US Census Bureau on Tuesday made it official: New York has fallen behind Florida to become the fourth-most-populous state.
Even harder to swallow is that data trends show that many of these new Floridians are ex-New Yorkers.
It’s not as if people aren’t still coming here. Over the 12 months ending last July, New York was second only to California in foreign immigrants. And the high birth rate among immigrants helped place New York third in “natural” population increase.
But the state lost 153,921 more residents than it attracted from elsewhere — again, more than any other state.
E.J. McMahon of the Empire Center for Public Policy says this is New York’s highest net loss since 2007. The long-term numbers are more sobering still: New York has had a net domestic migration loss of 2 million residents since 2000.
As McMahon rightly puts it, “a state’s domestic migration rate is the ultimate measure of policy successes or failures.” These failures include one of the lousiest business climates in America.
That’s especially true in near-dead Upstate — which just took another kick to the gut when Gov. Cuomo banned fracking.
So don’t be surprised as even more New Yorkers head to the Sunshine State, where the good weather comes with no income tax, no estate tax, a booming economy with lots of job growth, top-notch schools and state spending half the size of New York’s.