A Siena College study shows 44 Percent of Six-Figure Earners in NYC Have Considered Relocating.


(TJV News) A Siena College study shows 44 Percent of Six-Figure Earners in NYC Have Considered Relocating.

The study also states 80% of those living in the city make $100,000 or more, and that translates to 35.2% of all residents.

Key Findings

  1. Of New York City residents who earn $100,000 or more annually, 44% have considered moving out of the city in  the past four months. Looking ahead, 37% say that it is at least somewhat likely that they will not be living in the city within the next two years.
  2. More than two-thirds (69%) are “not confident that New York City will be back to normal anytime soon,” while just 28% believe that the city “will weather this crisis, and things will be back to normal soon.”
  3. Respondents from Staten Island are especially pessimistic: 89% say that they are not confident in a timely return to normalcy.
  4. Some 80% of New Yorkers earning six-figure salaries or higher believe that economic activity in the city will take longer than a year to recover, and just 20% say that the economy will return to normal in the next 12 months.
  5. Older respondents are more pessimistic about the recovery, with 89% of those 65 years and older expecting recovery to be more than a year away
  6. Only 38% of New Yorkers surveyed said that quality of life now was excellent or good, a drop by half, from 79% before the pandemic. Most believe that the city has a long road to recovery: 69% say that it “will take longer than a year” for quality of life to return to normal.
  7. 75% of respondents cited income taxes as a problem, while 72% pointed to traffic and 68% to the reliability of public transportation.
  8. The greatest concern of all was the likelihood of coronavirus spread, with 90% saying that it posed a problem for them.
  9. Among respondents with children who attend public school in New York City, more than half (53%) said that they are very concerned about sending them back to school, including 76% of black respondents. Those in the Bronx (72%) are warier of sending their children to reopened physical schools than those in Manhattan (40%).
  10. Income taxes appear to be a bigger concern for respondents than property taxes (75% to 60%, respectively, saying that these taxes are at least somewhat serious problems). Even for these New Yorkers earning six-figure salaries and above, 89% cite cost of living as a problem.


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