(FiveNation.com)- New York’s Democrat Governor Kathy Hochul last fall told New Yorkers who don’t agree with her radical agenda to move to Florida, and it looks like they heeded her advice.
More New York residents fled their high-tax state for Florida in 2022 than any year in history, the New York Post reported last week.
According to figures from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, 64,577 New Yorkers transferred their driver’s licenses to Florida in 2022.
According to the Post, the driver’s license transfer is “considered a reliable indicator of migration patterns” since it implies a more permanent decision to relocate.
A DMV staffer from Jacksonville, Florida told the Post that New Yorkers come in every day.
The staffer said the New Yorkers give several reasons for moving out of New York, most notably the state’s high taxes and eroding quality of life.
Last year’s figure eclipses the 61,728 New Yorkers who got a Florida driver’s license in 2021.
The 2022 exodus marks a 39 percent increase in migration from New York to Florida compared to the pre-pandemic year of 2019 and is a 46 percent surge compared to just five years earlier.
But New Yorkers weren’t the only ones fleeing to the Sunshine State in record numbers last year.
According to the Post, dozens of other states, including California, Illinois, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania also set new records for migration to Florida in 2022.
New Jersey came in second place with 32,184 license transfers in 2022, slightly up from 32,083 in 2021.
California came in third, surpassing 30,000 for the first time in history with 30,168 Florida license transfers. In 2021, 27,081 California residents made tracks for Florida. What’s more, last year’s numbers are a staggering 98 percent increase from just five years ago when only 15,199 Californians got Florida licenses.
According to the Florida real estate brokers the New York Post spoke with, the Democrat victories during the November elections in New York, California, Illinois, and Pennsylvania will likely mean the incoming migration will remain brisk.