Friday, December 27, 2013

We’re Number Four — We’re Number Four — We’re Number Four !!!

NY Times reports   —   New York Soon to Trail Florida in Population, and It Might Have Done So Already

Long term trend reflects economic depression upstate  —  NYC  remains an exception

New York, which long ago had ceded its number one position in population to California, will soon fall behind Florida into fourth place, a long-anticipated drop that is rife with symbolism and that is also likely to carry potentially serious economic consequences in coming years (See “New York Soon to Trail Florida in Population” by Jesse McKinley, 12/26/13, New York Times []).

Don’t expect New York State to turn any of this around anytime soon —  certainly not with the current leadership team in Albany.

According to the Times article by Jesse McKinley, a large part of Florida’s appeal, especially as compared to New York State has to do with its pro-business, low tax approach, and Florida also has no personal income tax. “While demographers tend to stay neutral on the issue of population growth, they say that bigger is generally better because it tends to reflect an attractive economic climate. *** ‘Once you have a growing economy, you tend to attract a lot of young people,’ said Mark Mather, a demographer with the Population Reference Bureau, a nonprofit research group in Washington.... ***  New York City certainly still attracts young people, Mr. Mather said, ‘but the city is different from the state’.”

Let’s see how New York City fairs after at least four years of Bill De Blasio as mayor.


Anonymous said...

This is a double-edged sword. While it is good for Republicans to potentially have 2 of the top 3 staes in the electoral college, most of Florida's new residents are old libs from NYC.

Galewyn Massey said...

Immigrants into Florida are far more diverse than that... many are Latino immigrants into the USA and many are retirees from the Northeast quadrant of the country.

In any case, the focus on this article is upon the emigres from New York and the reasons for their departure. At the top of the list is bad economic policy and high taxation; and that flows from bloated and dysfunctional state and local government.

Make no mistake --- New York City and New York State give every indication of being at an early stage of a "Detroit and Michigan death spiral".

Anonymous said...

I agree. However, those fleeing the "Northeast quadrant" bring their voting patterns with them. Florida will be destroyed by the NYC locusts flocking there.

Anonymous said...

Being number 4 isnt so bad, especially in a school board election.

Anonymous said...

Buffalo may be losing population but Brooklyn has been thriving ever since Senator Golden took office.
Leadership that counts

Anonymous said...

Leadership that counts! Have you looked at the business avenues throughout State Senator Golden's district? What about the flashmob violence at Kings Plaza, which borders Golden's district?

Anonymous said...

Marty Golden brought Brooklyn to the renaisance its at today. Now lets get him to do for NYs what he did for Brooklyn.
2014 will be the upset of the century when Golden defeats Cuomo.

Galewyn Massey said...

Seriously !

I mean really, seriously ?

How did he do the former ?

How will he do the latter ?

Anonymous said...

Breathe gale. Breathe. I hope that guy was joking.