Metropolitan New York, one of the most liberal and highly-populated areas in the country, is learning the hard way what happens when progressive leadership takes over.
The New York Post reported that more than a million people have moved out of the New York City area since 2010, at a rate of 4.4 percent. According to U.S. census records, this is the highest negative net migration rate among the country’s largest populated areas.
The NYC area included parts of New Jersey, Connecticut, the lower Hudson Valley and Long Island in addition to the immediate metro area.
The number of residents leaving jumped from 187,034 in 2015 to 223,423 in 2016. The number of immigrants settling in the area also showed a decline, from 181,551 to 160,324.
Experts told the Post that the change resulted from the economy (read: taxes), cities which are more affordable and cities with warmer climates.
It should be noted that while people were leaving the area at an alarming rate, the population of the New York area still grew 2.7 percent from 2010 to 2016, primarily due to foreign arrivals and births, the Post reported.
Unsurprisingly, Chicago had the second highest number of residents leaving, followed by Los Angeles.
There are plenty of reasons why people choose to leave cities that are governed by socialist types, but one of the most obvious is a crippling tax rate. There’s also the added bonus of escaping the politically correct progressive mindset that liberals try to shove on everyone.
Moreover, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is one of the most outspoken advocates for illegal immigration in the country. He remained defiant even as President Donald Trump threatened to cut federal funding for cities that did not revoke their “sanctuary city” policies.
It’s not hard to see why people are choosing to leave the Big Apple in search of greener pastures.
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