New York has always been a hub for migrants from all over the world, but I think it’s safe to say that the number of people moving here has been a lot more noticeable in the past decade or so.
Numerous natives have complained about overpopulation and gentrification, which has taken a toll on many cultural communities in the five boroughs.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of New York City has been steadily increasing over the past decade.
In 2010, the city had a population of 8,175,133 – more than some small countries! By 2019, this number had grown to 8,336,817, an increase of over 161,000 people.
On average, about 50,000 people move to New York City each year.
As for New York State, the population is a whopping 19.68 million, but according to a study done by storage unit comparison site SelfStorage.com, New York is the #5 state people want to move out of!
The SelfStorage team wanted to find out which US state people are moving to the most and which state they are moving from the most. To do this, they analyzed a range of keyword phrases related to moving and relocation.
Where do people want to move from?
After searching specific keywords like “moving companies,” “packing and unpacking services,” and “professional movers” in each respective state, the team was able to gauge where people were looking to escape from.
“New York ranks fifth with a search volume of 124 per 100,000 population. While New York remains an attractive place to live for many, the data suggests that many residents are searching for information about moving out of the state. Factors such as high living costs, traffic congestion, or seeking a lifestyle change may contribute to this interest in relocation.”
Where do people want to move to?
By looking at the number of queries for each state, they’ve identified that the top 5 states people most interested in flocking to are Texas, Florida, California, Hawaii, and Arizona.
New York lands at #10 on that list which isn’t surprising. WE love NYC, but we’ve all heard numerous complaints from newbies over the past few years with our “strict” COVID-19 precautions driving many people away in more recent times.
A recent study was done by TripAdvisor, where tourists ranked NYC as the 73rd most overrated city. It is not the worst ranking since just a few months ago, vacation site Family Destinations Guide decided to figure out the most popular tourist attractions in the U.S., and coming in at the fourth spot is NYC’s very own Central Park.
Sound like there’ll be more space for us soon!
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