LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: New Report Shows NY Losing an Alarming Number of Residents to Other States

Philip Weiden | December 2016

Phil Weiden, HGAR Government Affairs Director
Phil Weiden, HGAR
Government Affairs Director

New York Sate shed 191,367 residents to other states during the year ended in July, according to an analysis by the Empire Center for Public Policy of U.S. census population estimates conducted each year.

The net migration loss is equivalent to the entire population of the City of Yonkers. New York has now lost a total of 846,669 people over the past six years—more than any other state—both as a share of population and in absolute terms. The net loss of population in New York State from 2015 to 2016 was 1,894 people.

The new data drops New York farther and farther behind Florida, which passed New York in total population two years ago. As New York’s population has decreased, Florida’s population increased by 367,525 residents in 2015-2016 and Texas led the nation with a gain of 432,957 residents in the same period.

If you rank percentage growth Utah, Nevada, Idaho and Florida topped the list in population gains. You can also see the population gains as evidenced by the declining number of congressional members in New York, which gives the state less influence nationally. New York City continues to do well, but the rest of the state has continued to decline. High real estate tax problems and land use restrictions continue to stifle real estate affordability inhibiting growth.

The City of New Rochelle has gone to great lengths to make the city business friendly and has made land use restrictions less stringent. RXR has broken ground on a project for hundreds of new apartments. In New Rochelle it takes just a few months to get a project approved whereas in other towns it can take years, as was the case with Chappaqua Crossing.

If we increase the housing stock and dramatically increase supply of all types of homes we can build our way to housing affordability. Finally, we must work to decrease the costs that Albany forces on local governments that translate to the need for mandate relief. Thus far the State Legislature has failed to act on mandate relief. It is important for us to communicate with our elected officials on these issues.

Philip Weiden
Legislative Affairs columnist Philip Weiden is the Government Affairs Director for the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors.