A day after Census news that New York is aging — especially rural New York, led by Hamilton County — another foot drops. Marist College pollsters report that of the young people we DO have, 36 percent plan to move away within five years:
Right now, many young people do not see their future in New York State,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. “Unchecked, this threatens to drain the state of the next generation.”
Twenty-six percent of “adults” plan to leave too. It’s the economy, say the Marist numbers:
Of residents who expect to leave New York, more than six in ten — 62% — cite economic reasons like jobs, the cost of living, or taxes. 38%, however, report non-economic reasons such as the proximity to family, overcrowding, quality of life, schools, or retirement as the catalyst.
You can see the tabs and press release and lots more discouraging news at the Marist Poll website, plus a video of Miringhoff, who’s turning 60 and wondering f that’s old, or young. It’s tellingly called “Age is in the Eye of the Beholder.”
Monday morning, Brian Mann and I will consider this week’s numbers, especially as they relate to our region.