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Why Are People Leaving New York? It's More Than Just Remote Work.

Why Are People Leaving New York? It's More Than Just Remote Work!

Hello, Suffolk County residents! Manny Vilar here, your candidate for Suffolk County Legislator - District 2. Today, I want to address a pressing concern that's been on the minds of many Long Islanders: the exodus of residents from New York. While a recent Newsday article points to remote work as the primary reason for this trend, I've had the privilege of speaking to residents, and it's abundantly clear to me that the high costs of living and rising inflation rate are equally significant contributors.

According to U.S. Census Bureau figures released in recent years, thousands of people have moved out of New York, with neighboring states like New Jersey and Connecticut being popular destinations. While remote work is indeed a factor, it's crucial to understand that it's not the sole reason behind this migration. Let's delve into the multiple factors driving this trend.

  1. Remote Work: The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the way we work. Many individuals no longer need to commute to the city and can work from home. This shift has made it more appealing for people to relocate to areas with a lower cost of living while keeping their city jobs.

  2. High Cost of Living: New York has long been notorious for its high cost of living. From skyrocketing housing prices to exorbitant taxes, many residents simply cannot afford to stay. While New Jersey and Connecticut face similar issues, the desire for more affordable housing remains a significant motivator.

  3. Inflation: The rising inflation rate has hit the pockets of New Yorkers hard. As the cost of goods and services continues to climb, families find it increasingly challenging to make ends meet in the state.

  4. Affordable Housing Shortage: The shortage of affordable housing in New York, especially in places like Long Island, Westchester, and the Hudson Valley, drives residents away. Building more affordable multifamily housing in these areas can be a step toward addressing this problem.

  5. Quality of Life: Beyond the financial aspects, the quality of life is a critical factor. Many people who have left New York have found larger homes, lower living costs, and the opportunity to enjoy more leisure time, such as vacations.

It's essential to understand that the outflow of residents from New York is not merely a recent phenomenon. While some migration patterns have been ongoing for years, the pandemic has accelerated certain trends. As the numbers show, Florida, New Jersey, Connecticut, and other states have seen an influx of former New Yorkers.

To tackle this issue and encourage families to stay on Long Island, we need change. This change should encompass addressing the high cost of living, ensuring access to affordable housing, and creating an environment where families can thrive without breaking the bank.


As we navigate these challenges, it's crucial that we listen to the concerns of Long Islanders and work together to find sustainable solutions. Let's prioritize our community's needs and ensure that Suffolk County remains a vibrant and affordable place for all.

Thank you for your support and for caring about the future of our beloved Suffolk County. Together, we can make a difference and create a brighter future for our families and neighbors.


Here's the Newsday article for reference:

https://www.newsday.com/long-island/census-migration-data-new-york-remote-work-wa0xf3ta


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