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Money Woes Make Young New Yorkers Want to Flee the City, Poll Finds

By DNAinfo Staff on May 13, 2011 4:20pm  | Updated on May 13, 2011 4:19pm

A new poll finds 36 percent of New Yorkers under the age of 30 want to move out of the state because it's too expensive.
A new poll finds 36 percent of New Yorkers under the age of 30 want to move out of the state because it's too expensive.
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Kareem Johnson

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MANHATTAN — A new poll revealed a high number of people under 30 plan to move elsewhere because of money woes.

Thirty-six percent of New Yorkers polled under the age of 30 said they're seriously considering moving out of state, according to numbers in a new NY1/YNN-Marist College poll released Wendnesday.

The poll also found that 60 percent of young New Yorkers plan to remain in New York State, and 3 percent remain unsure.

Sixty-two percent of those who said they want to move blame the economy for their decision — with concerns about jobs, cost of living, and taxes topping the list.

Thirty-eight percent blame quality of life, overcrowding, and proximity to family as some of their non-economic reasons for moving.

Another sobering statistic from the poll shows that three in four New Yorkers of all ages view the state as expensive, while almost half of those polled think the economy is getting worse.

On finances, 46 percent of those under 30 think their finances will get better in the coming year, with 42 percent saying their finances will stay about the same.

The pollsters called 941 New York state adults 18 and older from April 25 to April 29, 2011. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percent.