I voted with my feet by leaving NY in 2004. Spent the first 47 years of my life living in various locations commutable distance to Manhattan, however never worked in Manhattan fortunately. It became apparent to me in the late 90's that I was nothing but a revenue generator for often absurd laws, taxes, ever increasing real estate costs and generally poor services in NY. I contribute my move south in '04 as a major reason I was able to reach my goals to retire at age 60 in 2018 and fully fund college for both my sons. Never looked back but do miss the hard rolls and pizza, both I indulge in when visiting. I definitely do not I miss the cold and snow. I was fortunate in that I had a combined 34 year career with two of the largest companies in the world in NY and TN, something I'm not sure I would have had if I spent my entire life in the south.