Thinking about leaving New York City?

Well, we don’t know why you ever would, but if that were what you decided, you wouldn’t be alone. A new study conducted by moving company United Van Lines revealed that in 2015, people moved out of New Jersey, New York, and Illinois at the highest rates in the US.

Maybe everyone who left NYC decided they hate fun, amazing concerts, and having the craziest lives possible.

Or maybe they got tired of exorbitant rents, the guilt (read: price) of having a second drink at dinner, and started to yearn for more, you know, nature and stars.

We sort of get it, even if moving out of NYC totally isn’t for us.

Wondering where people who left NYC moved to at the highest rates? The place where people moved to the most in 2015 was Oregon.

Oregon has snagged United Van Lines’ “Top Moving Destination” for the third year in a row, in fact.

The second most attractive destination? Washington State.


We heard Portland and Seattle are fun, but let us ask you this: Does Portland have free comedy shows on Sundays at The Knitting Factory? Do they have the best restaurants in the world, according to TripAdvisor?

Do they even have pizza or bagels in Portland?

We’ll stop whining soon, but we really do think that all the nature and nice people you’d find in Oregon are also accessible in NYC if you know where to look.

Then again, maybe we shouldn’t be complaining. No matter how many people move out of NYC, we still grapple with overcrowded subways, congested walkways, and the social epidemic that is homelessness.

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In fact, 2015 smashed MTA’s records for the highest population of people using the subway to get around. On October 29th, 2015, 6,217,621 people rode the subway. In one day.

So maybe the fact that NYC came in second on United Van Lines’ list, with 65% of New York movers getting out of this state, isn’t such a bad thing after all.

“For nearly 40 years, we’ve been tracking which states people are moving to and from, and we’ve also recently started surveying our customers to understand why they are making these moves across state lines,” said Melissa Sullivan, director of marketing and communications at United Van Lines.

“This year’s data reflects longer-term trends of people moving to the Pacific West, where cities such as Portland and Seattle are seeing the combination of a boom in the technology and creative marketing industry, as well as a growing ‘want’ for outdoor activity and green space,” said economist Michael Stoll.


We’re guessing everyone who relocated out of NYC for green space didn’t hear about the Lowline, the first underground park in the world, happening right here in NYC.

Or maybe they moved to Seattle for their marijuana legislation. They must not have heard that big things are happening on that front right here in NYC, too.

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