The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles recently released data on the number of people changing their driver’s licenses, another indirect indication of how many Empire State residents moved south to the Sunshine State during last year’s outbreak.
According to the Florida department, at least 33,565 New Yorkers will exchange their New York state driver’s licenses for Florida driver’s licenses between September 2020 and March 2021, up 32 percent from 25,370 during the same period last year.
The three most popular places for New Yorkers to move to Florida are Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade, with 14,045, 8,422 and 8,033 people, respectively.
Florida officials told the New York Post that the main reason New Yorkers move to Florida is because parents want their children to attend school full-time, and in a face-to-face setting.
The New York Post reports that overall, 104,960 New Yorkers will move to Florida between 2019 and April 2021, leading all other states in the nation; in order from second to fifth place, 53,901 will move to Florida from New York, 48,143 from Georgia, 46,042 from Illinois and 43,801 from California.
A March report by the Florida Legislature’s Office of Economic & Demographic Research predicts that Florida’s population growth will continue as people’s preferred lifestyles shift away from living in densely populated metropolitan areas. in densely populated metropolitan cities.