Do you sometimes feel like every other person you meet that just moved to New York is a recent Californian transplant who's always complaining about the taco they’re eating and never seems to be wearing exactly the right type of scarf for that day's weather conditions? Well, you’re not crazy.
A recent study conducted by StreetEasy analyzed the 2011-2015 ACS Census data on county-to-county migration inflows to paint a picture of where recent domestic migrants to New York County, Kings County, Bronx County, Queens County and Richmond County originated from. It turns out the biggest share (outside the tri-state area) is trading the west coast for the east coast with a move from California to NYC.
More than 264,000 people—about 3 percent of the city’s population–moved to New York in the last year. Of those, 35 percent came from abroad while the remaining 171,000 came from other locations within the US. Trailing just behind California (9 percent) when it comes to transplants is Florida with 6.4 percent of movers (Bye, sunshine!), Boston with 2.8 percent (Bye, easy access to Cape Cod!) and Texas with 2.4 percent (Bye, sky that seems abnormally large in, like, a weird snow globe way!)
Though it may seem at odds with the endless stories of ever-increasing rent and cost of living, Manhattan remains the most popular borough for newcomers to the city. About 30,000 more people moved to Manhattan domestically than out of it. Meanwhile, all four other boroughs lost residents to other cities around the country last year.
When it comes, to areas just outside the five boroughs, the breakdown is pretty much evenly distributed across New Jersey, Upstate New York and Long Island. Check out the graph below for a full breakdown!