The Real Deal Miami

Fewer outsiders moving to Florida

February 19, 2009 10:32AM

Driver’s license applications from out-of-state residents have slid 30 percent in the last five years, suggesting Florida is drawing fewer new residents. High unemployment, the housing crash, insurance woes and hurricane damages, coupled with pummeled retirement nest eggs, are all likely factors in the declining influx. The biggest drops came from New York and New Jersey, demographer Jan Vink said. United Van Lines, which issues an annual summary of where people are moving based on its shipments, said other warm-weather states such as Alabama, Arizona, Nevada, the Carolinas and Texas saw significantly more people moving in than leaving last year.