New Yorkers Flock to Florida in Record Numbers

According to official government records, a record number of New Yorkers moved to Florida in August, continuing a trend that began during the COVID-19 lockdown.

An analysis of Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles records found that 5,838 people relocated from New York to Florida in August alone, setting a single-month record.

In total, 41,885 New Yorkers have moved down south to Florida in 2022, despite the pullback on COVID-19 restrictions.

Fashion designer Alvin Valley, who relocated from New York to Palm Beach during the pandemic, gave his take on the mass exodus.

““First it was the billionaires, then it was the rich following behind them,” Valley said. “Now you have the middle class.”

“​​A lot of families just began to feel like New York was becoming unlivable,” Valley went on. “Especially for younger couples with kids in their 30s and 40s.”

“They don’t want to get on the subway,” he added. “It’s a safety issue, it’s a schools issue.”

New York City Mayor Eric Adams is actively working to curb the rate at which his citizens are leaving, going so far as to buy advertisement space on digital billboards in Florida to entice New Yorkers back home.

Retired NYPD Lieutenant John Macari said he believes the issue stems from strict COVID-19 mandates, rising crime rates, and political missteps.

“Couple [the COVID-19 mandates] with the rise in crime and zero competence from our elected officials and a lot of people just don’t see a future in New York City for themselves,” Macari said.

The notable influx of out-of-staters into Florida was not limited to New York. California, New Jersey, Washington, Oregon, and Pennsylvania are among a list of states that all saw record numbers of their citizens apply for a Florida driver’s license.

To date, over 320,000 out-of-staters have applied for a Florida license in 2022.