Where New Residents of New York City Are Moving From

Al Harris
Last Updated on May 8, 2024
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As the biggest city in the U.S., New York City is a magnet for people from all over the country.

Not everyone sticks around however, which keeps overall population growth at 0.4 percent. That is less than the average 0.9 percent growth rate for all U.S. metro areas. From 2014 to 2015 the New York City metro area added a net total of 87,186 new residents, according to the U.S Census Bureau. That brings the total population to more than 20.1 million people as of 2015.

NYC is a city full of transplants–depending on the neighborhood you live in you could be hard pressed to find someone born and bred in one of the five boroughs.

That begs the questions, where are all the transplants in New York moving from?

Another census study, conducted over five years from 2009-2013, gives us a pretty good idea of all the different places new New Yorkers are moving from.

We combined inbound migration data for each of the five boroughs and removed borough to borough moves. During those five years, the Census reported that 170,794 people moved to the city. More than 76 percent of those movers relocated from another state.

Below are rankings for the top five counties of origin for movers to New York City:

Movers outside of New York:

  1. Hudson County, NJ (Manhattan)
  2. Los Angeles County, CA
  3. Bergen County, NJ
  4. Cook County, IL (Chicago)
  5. Philadelphia County, PA

Movers from New York:

  1. Nassau County
  2. Westchester County
  3. Suffolk County
  4. Erie County
  5. Orange County

All that movement generates demand for local self-storage facilities.

In 2015, relocation (moving) was the number one reason New York consumers gave for needing storage, with 54% of SpareFoot survey respondents in the market using storage for that reason. This is higher than the national average–about half of the people that book storage on SpareFoot are doing so because of a move.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published on June 20, 2016 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

Al Harris

Alexander Harris is a reporter covering the business of self-storage. He obtained his degree in journalism from Virginia Commonwealth University. He loves reading Elmore Leonard novels and listening to classic country music. You can call him Al.
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