NEW YORK (WABC) -- Many New Yorkers set off for a fresh start in a new state last year, but now we're getting a clearer picture of the most popular destinations across the country.
According to migration data from the U.S. Census Bureau, more than half a million New York residents relocated to a different state in 2022.
The most popular state among that sizeable group? Florida!
More than 90,000 people continued the long-time tradition of trading frigid winters and rats, for year-round summers and gators.
A closer look at the other top destinations also changes the perspective on the exodus.
People might be leaving New York, but they're not necessarily leaving the region.
About 170,000 New Yorkers moved to New Jersey, Connecticut, or Pennsylvania.
California and Texas were the next most popular destinations.
Fifty-two New York residents decided South Dakota was a better fit.
The Empire State welcomed about 301,000 new residents in 2022, the most New York has seen in a decade.
New Jersey: 75,103
North Carolina: 25,024
South Carolina: 15,537
District of Columbia: 5,647
Puerto Rico: 2,847
New Mexico: 2,467
Rhode Island: 2,324
New Hampshire: 1,939
West Virginia: 949
North Dakota: 526
South Dakota: 52