New York State lost over 48,000 residents from July of 2017 to July of this year. According to US Census Bureau and the Empire Center, New York leads the nation in people heading for the nearest exit. But for some young people, and those who have a passion for the area, there are still plenty of reasons to stay.
Chris Clemens of the Exploring Upstate blog, says the issues causing people the leave are pretty clear, and sights a few major concerns, especially for those living in Monroe County.
“The economy is one of the biggest reasons,” Clemens says with money – it always get political, but there’s another New York ‘exit’ that politicians often use in the “blame game”.
“Governor Cuomo said that people leave because of the weather, no one wants to get blamed for what seems like a downturn in anything,” adds Clemens.
Even with the economic factors, high taxes, and the hard-hitting Upstate winter weather, there are those who want to make New York home. New Jersey native Garrett Coletti says it all comes down to finding a job. “If I can find a job here, I’d take it. I think its a great state, I think there’s a lot here for me, I love Rochester.”
For one young woman, family is the tightest bond and she’s staying, through the frost, sleet and accumulation. “The biggest challenge is obviously the weather and the snow.”
Yet one young student from China is heading home sighting high costs, saying, “It’s really too much money.”
Money and weather aside, Clemens says there are still dozens of reasons to stay and invest in the state. He says it might take a few years as the state re-invents itself from its manufacturing heyday, and he feels people will return.
“I think there’s something in the soul of an Upstate New Yorker that can’t be removed.”