Surge of New Yorkers Relocating to Florida

CNW Reporter

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A surge of New Yorkers have relocated to Florida in recent months with over 15,000 moving to Palm Beach County alone between September 2020 and March 2021. Broward and Miami Dade Counties also saw significant increases with just over 8,000 persons each.

A recent report in The New York Post claims Florida might as well be known as “the sixth borough of New York City”.

Data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles show that 33,565 New York residents got Florida driver’s licenses between September 2020 and March 2021, resulting in a 32 percent increase for the same time period the previous year.

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The weather, nice views and the state’s loose COVID-19 restrictions during the pandemic, followed by the resumption of face-to-face classes, are some of the reasons given by persons who made the big shift, which has helped fuel the housing boom in South Florida.

New York was by far the number-one source of Florida transplants. New Jersey came in second, followed by Georgia, Illinois, and California. Florida officials said many parents chose to relocate their families to the Sunshine State so their children could take part in full-time, in-person learning. Real estate agents also said more New Yorkers are willing to purchase properties sight unseen and are offering more than the asking price.

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