Some people just can’t stand living in Palm Beach County. Here’s why. – MyPalmBeachPost
When Gina Guadagnino moved from New York City to Palm Beach Gardens in 2010, she wanted her son to be raised around family there. “Also, when you have to lug a stroller up subway steps, everyone on the subway looks at you and you can tell they hate you.”
Just two years later, Guadagnino, 35, husband Aaron and son Finnegan were back in Manhattan, annoyed subway riders notwithstanding.
“I hate the humidity, and I couldn’t get into the political climate,” says Guadagnino, an administrator at New York University. “I’m used to being in a place with deep history, to being able to go to all of these museums and shows..And I found that a lot of friends (in Florida) were wrapped up in their own families, so it was hard to connect the way I had in New York.”
Florida remains one of the most popular states for people to relocate to, and there are still more people moving here than moving out. But when residents like Guadagnino say adios to the Sunshine State, they list everything from the weather to the economy to a lack of cultural or personal opportunities.
“Florida is still growing like gangbusters,” says Tim Chapin, dean of Florida State University’s College of Social Sciences and Public Policy. “We’re still seeing a net positive, in terms of international and domestic migration. From 1960-2010, the state’s population grew an average of 300,000 a year. While we lose lots of people, we are a net winner in the population game, year after year.”
Still, “there is a substantial out-migration (from Florida),” Chapin says, for reasons like “economic opportunity and (wanting to be close) to family and friends, a social connection.”
So where are former Floridians migrating to?