Updated: 08/23/2013 11:39 PM
Created: 08/23/2013 10:52 PM WHEC.com
A new study shows thousands of people are fleeing New York State and as they're leaving, studies show they're taking a lot of revenue with them. A research group called the Tax Foundation says New York State lost billions of dollars within a decade.
The study shows from 2000 to 2010, the state lost $45.6 billion in income. New York State is leading the nation in lost revenue compared to other big states like California, who lost 29.4 billion and Illinois who lost $20.4 billion.
So why are people leaving the Empire State? News10NBC spoke with students to find out why they don't stay. Out of all the people leaving the state, we thought it would be best to ask students who represent thousands of New Yorkers. Our question: if they move here and study here, why don't they stay?
Education and growth are two reasons why thousands of students flock to local schools. But we found out there may be a number of reasons why students don't stay.
Student Petr-John Rowe says, "It might be due to the fact that they have been in the area for 4-5 years and they might need a change of pace."
Rowe is one of many RIT students from around the world. He says he will leave Rochester for a very big reason.
"It might depend on the area itself," says Rowe. "For example, I'm from Jamaica and I don't necessarily like Rochester, just because of the winters here. They are pretty brutal."
Fifty-three percent of students at RIT are from out of state, so could that be a factor? International student Jan Ddorik says yes.
"The immigration problems. So I have to have additional visas, green cards and all of that," says Ddorik. "It's much more difficult for me to stay here because of all these legal problems that come in."
Another reason why college students may be fleeing the state: lack of entry level jobs?
"We are a younger generation so we want the techie jobs, the social media jobs," says Kelly Fidler. "All of these new things you won't necessarily find here in New York state."
Kelly Fidler is planning to move to Ireland after graduation. We told her about the study, she says if she thought she could find a career path here, she wouldn't necessarily leave.
"It's not that I wouldn't stay in the city, I love being here," says Fidler. "It's just that what I want to do with my life isn't here."
She says, "I think it's kind of surprising because I think that there are so many vast options that you can do with your life and I think it would be something in New York for people."
For more information on the study and to see how each state did, you can click here.