After several rough recession years, U.S. census data out this week suggest Florida is regaining some of its luster to people moving from other states. New York lost 59,228 residents to Florida this year, the most any one state saw move to another. Florida also had the largest flow of people moving both to and from Puerto Rico, where a net of 14,997 came to Florida in 2012. These modest trends may bode well for the Sunshine State economy and housing industry.
Not all relocations in 2012 between states benefited Florida. More Floridians move to Georgia (42,666) than Georgians moved here (38,658), leaving Florida with a net loss of 4,008 in population to its neighboring state, according to the census numbers. Other big 2012 moving trends between states included moves out of California to Texas, Arizona, Nevada and Washington.