A major moving company has reported that people are leaving New York by the tens of thousands every year, and the state has ranked among the top three most moved-out-of states for the seventh year in a row.

According to U.S. census data, the mass exodus has resulted in a decline in population in the state of New York, and resulted in the state losing two congressional seats after the 2010 census.

In 2014, New York’s population decline also allowed Florida to take over the number three spot among the most populous states, right after California and Texas.

A stunning 73,000 people moved out of New York between July 2015 to July 2016, according to the report.

CNY Central reported:

According to United Van Lines, a St. Louis, Missouri-based moving company, New York ranked as the third most moved-out-of state in 2017, ahead of only Illinois and New Jersey. Despite the ranking, it is actually a continued improvement from previous recent years. New York ranked second in 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012, but remains in the top three states people are fleeing for the seventh year in a row.

During 2017, 61 percent of moves to and from the state were outbound, according to data gathered in the company’s 41st Annual Movers Study. There are various reasons why people left.

  • 46 percent of people left for job-related reasons
  • 18 percent of people left for lifestyle reasons
  • 19 percent of people left for family reasons
  • 5 percent of people left for health reasons
  • 29 percent of people left for retirement reasons

The largest age population of those who left were those aged 55 to 64. Those 65 or older ranked a close second, with those aged 18 to 34 not far behind. The largest income group of those who moved out made an annual $150,000 or more.