Roughly 3.4 million New Yorkers left the Empire State for other states between 2000 and 2009, taking $118.9 billion with them, according to state-to-state migration data provided on the national Tax Foundation website.
New York has long been known as a high-tax state. New York’s state and local tax burden is the second highest in the country and is estimated at 12.1 percent of income, or $6,157 per capita, according to the Tax Foundation. The national average is 9.8 percent.
During the past three decades, New York’s state and local tax burden percentage has ranked among the nation’s highest, currently estimated at 12.1% of income (2nd nationally), above the current national average of 9.8%. Compared to the 1977 data, New York had a rate of 13.2% (1st nationally), decreasing 1.1% overall. Currently residents pay $6,157 per capita in state and local taxes. The foundation has ranked New York 49th for its business-tax climate.
The foundation’s interactive website allows users to choose a time period (any time between 1993 and 2009), pick a state and find out the migration to and from the state and the total adjusted gross income of those people. The Tax Foundation used data from the IRS’ Statistics of Income Division.
Florida, which has no income tax, was the most popular destination between 2000 and 2009. Nearly 613,000 people with a total of $19.7 billion in adjusted gross income left New York for the Sunshine State, the Tax Foundation found. Some 533,000 people with a total of $23 billion in adjusted gross income moved to New Jersey. About 195,000 went to California.
During the same time period—2000 to 2009—about 1.3 million people moved into New York. That included 263,345 people from Florida.
The data does not include foreign immigration and emigration.