New York is, without a doubt, one of the greatest cities in the world, with all its amenities such as museums, parks, playgrounds, restaurants, nightclubs, and the list goes on. While it’s clear why New Yorkers love their city so much, the recent pandemic outbreak made lots of people question their lifestyle. With most of the NYC amenities closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, being in small apartments for months made some people realize that moving out of New York City may be the best decision. The recent increase in New Yorkers looking to move elsewhere shows that people are looking outside the city for their next rental, and in this blog, we’ll go through a few reasons for that.
While lots of folks are ready to kiss the Big Apple goodbye, that doesn’t mean there won’t be a new generation moving in. The city will definitely keep its vibrance. But if you’re thinking about finding a better place to live, I’ve listed the top 10 reasons why you should move out of New York City.
1. The weather
While you’ll be able to enjoy different seasons in New York, there’ also a huge downside to it. Not everyone digs the cold weather, and if you’re among this group, you won’t enjoy brutal winters. New York is ranked seventh in the most snowfall in the entire country, and winters are usually pretty harsh and difficult to deal with.
2. Difficult for raising a family
New York City is difficult for raising a family. While it’s not impossible to raise a family here, it is more difficult compared to other more family-friendly cities. New York City can make it difficult to get your kids to school and pick them up using the subway, and it’s safe to assume that your kid won’t have a swing set in the backyard if you’re living in the Big Apple. Plus, crime rates are another thing to consider when you’re planning a family, and New York is not among the safest cities in the country.
3. Unaffordable housing
According to propertyshark.com, the median home price in New York City in 2021 is $710K, with a median price per square foot of $786, but this doesn’t apply to popular neighborhoods – for instance, the median home price in Manhattan is one million.
4. The cost of living
Well, we all knew this was coming at some point in the video, as everyone knows that living in New York is expensive. But the info hits different when you understand exactly how pricy it is to live in the Big Apple. For most people, it’s just too expensive and not worth it. To give you a better idea, let’s look at the info from bestplaces.com – the average cost of living in the United States is 100, while it’s 187.2 in New York City.
New Yorkers will have to say a lot about it, and they probably won’t be able to skip a few profanities when asked about taxes. A common reason why people are leaving New York City is that income taxes are incredibly high – the obnoxiously high tax rate is the seventh highest in the United States.
6. The crowds
Moving on to number six on the list of reasons why you should move out of New York City – it’s the crowds. Considering the size of a city and number of residents, plus so many tourists, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a space to be alone. If you’re the type of person who hates crowds, you’re probably already thinking of leaving New York City for good. I won’t even get started about tourist places like Times Square because this video would just be too long.
7. Remote work
The seventh reason why you should leave New York City has a lot to do with the Coronavirus, and it’s the remote work. Many people had to turn to remote work because of the pandemic. As the lockdowns and quarantines continue, companies are embracing work-from-home approaches, some indefinitely. That makes it difficult for most people to organize their working space in already tight New York apartments, making it more convenient to move elsewhere. After all, why would you spend loads of money on renting a tiny place when you can pay the same for great space and work comfortably?
8. The subway
The reason number eight for leaving New York City is dealing with the subway. Most people don’t own a car and rely on public transportation, which can be quite difficult if you live in one borough and have to get to another borough for work or other reasons.
9. Job opportunities
Number nine on my list of why you should leave New York City is job opportunities. Before you start typing the comment, it’s not about the number of jobs available – New York definitely has many jobs to offer. What I’m talking about is actually the ability to find a well-paid job. If you’re looking for a job that pays well or you want to start a business, you’ll need so much patience, an incredible CV, and strong connections.
10. Slower pace of life
The last reason for leaving New York City is a slower pace of life and more comfort. When the pressure is on and stakes are high, you’re not likely to stop and smell the flowers between chasing your dreams or figuring out the way to pay crazy expensive rent. If you’re dreaming about having a garden, spending time in your back yard, wearing flat shoes, and having a slower pace overall, then it’s time to move out of New York.
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