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New Yorkers Flood Florida as Americans Regain Mobility

December 12, 2012 - 6:00pm

With Americans regaining their mobility after the Great Recession, more New Yorkers are moving to Florida than between any other two states in the nation, according to a recent U.S. Census survey.

While the news will probably surprise few in the Sunshine State, the governors office on Thursday pointed to the interstate movement as a sign of Floridas re-emerging economic growth.

Floridas economy is turning around and we are becoming the No. 1 business destination, Gov. Rick Scott stated in a release.

We have created nearly 175,000 private-sector jobs and have seen the largest drop in unemployment in the nation since December 2010.

Floridas housing market is on the rise, we have no personal income tax, we are at a 41-year low in our crime rate and we have a quality education system that prepares our students for the jobs of the 21st century. We encourage families from other states to take a look at Florida because we are making sure that our residents can live their version of the American Dream.

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune noted that this year 59,228 New Yorkers have started to call themselves Floridians.

The main reasons behind the moves among those surveyed this year were relocation of employment, wanting a nicer home or apartment, or an effort to reduce overall housing costs, the Herald-Tribune reported.

The South Florida Business Journal called this a strong sign the Sunshine State is beginning to rebound from the effects of the recession. Florida also drew 38,658 people from Georgia in the same time. However, 4,008 more Floridians -- 42,666 -- relocated to the more northern state.

Florida also netted nearly 15,000 more people from Puerto Rico.

Those contacted for the survey listed employment relocation and reduction in housing costs as some of the more popular reasons for moving to Florida, the governors office noted.

Reach Jim Turner at or at (772) 215-9889.

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