The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released statistics showing how many people have recently moved to Florida from CT, RI, MA and Westchester County, NY.

Warmer weather, sunny skies and relaxed lifestyle are common reasons people move to Florida. Of course more pragmatic forces can also be reasons, like family needs and career path. Whatever the reason, many people make the decision to move to the Sunshine State every year. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is not concerned with the reasons for a Florida relocation -- their reports simply track the change of address on income tax returns from 2009 to 2010. The IRS also reports the number of exemptions reported on the forms, suggesting the number of people involved in the relocation.

Below are some of numbers applicable to our service areas.

Moving from NY to FL

New York was the top state for producing new Florida residents. A total of 23,512 tax returns showed a change in address from NY to FL, with a total of 40,195 New Yorkers moving from New York to Florida.
County Name Number of Returns Number of Exemptions
Westchester County 1,084 1,906

Moving from MA to FL

Massachusetts was also a large exporter of people to the Sunshine State. A total of 7,332 tax returns indicated a change in address from MA to FL, with a total of 12,298 people moving from Massachusetts to Florida.
County Name Number of Returns Number of Exemptions
Barnstable County 277 448
Bristol County 547 916
Essex County 830 1,442
Hampden County 486 914
Hampshire County 47 84
Middlesex County 1,394 2,301
Norfolk County 551 902
Plymouth County 498 840
Suffolk County 761 1,193
Worcester County 793 1,389

Moving from CT to FL

The number of income tax returns that showed a change in address from CT to FL was 4,673. The number of exemptions on these forms showed that 8,127 people moved from Connecticut to Florida.
County Name Number of Returns Number of Exemptions
Fairfield County 1,052 1,824
Hartford County 1,146 1,973
Litchfield County 76 135
Middlesex County 118 189
New Haven County 972 1,718
New London County 464 820
Tolland County 63 95
Windhame County 26 42

Moving from RI to FL

Rhode Island also contributed to the Floridian headcount, with 1,652 tax returns indicating a change of address. This equated to 2,961 packing up their belongings and moving from Rhode Island to Florida.
County Name Number of Returns Number of Exemptions
Kent County 180 296
Newport County 91 199
Providence County 806 1,441
Washington County 131 224

Sterling Moving & Storage has provided long distance moving services for some of these folks, as well as relocations for families throughout our great country.