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Retention rate of born-and-raised New Yorkers?

Asked by lrk (757points) February 17th, 2010

So, I’m curious about NYC’s retention rate – i.e., the number of people raised in NYC who stay in the city for a non-insignificant portion their adult life, relative to other big cities.

Any data?

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marinelife's avatar

“New York City lost less population to other states in the 12 months ending last July 1 than during any year in decades.”


lrk's avatar

@marinelife Helpful! But does not compare to other cities, nor does it specify who’s staying and who’s leaving—I’m specifically interested in whether people who grew up in NYC are staying or leaving.

gailcalled's avatar

I was born and raised in the Bronx, officially part of NYC. Left when I was 4 and returned to Manhattan at age 28. Stayed for 7 years and then moved on. Now I am in upstate New York, and having to return to the city would be a death sentence for me.

srmorgan's avatar

This data is not very current but,

a quick look at the name and address list of my high school graduating class, as of June 2007, shows about half of the class still in the New York area, including Westchester, Jersey and Long Island, with the rest dispersed around the country. This is of the ones who responded to a questionnaire about the class for our 40th reunion.

I went to a wedding in May. The wedding of the son of my two friends from the Bronx. They moved to New Jersey and raised their sons there. Now one son lives on the East Side and the other is in Bensonhurst.

My sister and I grew up in the Bronx, she lives in Queens and I live in North Carolina.

You really can’t get very specific about this. New York has attracted young people since the 1660’s.

skfinkel's avatar

I was raised in NYC, and might well have gone back if the apartments had been affordable. I have a good friend from grade school who thrives in the city, and for her a weekend in the country is a punishment.

CMaz's avatar

You would have to pay me plenty to go back to NYC.
Only because it cost plenty to live there.

I love NYC!

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