How Many People Moved from NYC to Syracuse in the Pandemic?

Posted on April 27, 2021

9373286405a5a104397 O

Maybe you’ve met some recent transplants from Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens in your neighborhoods, schools and coffee shops.

There has been anecdotal evidence of their migration from the New York City area to the Syracuse area during the coronavirus pandemic.

Now, U.S. Postal Service records show the extent of it.

In 2020, there was nearly a 70% bump in the number of New York City area residents who changed their addresses to the Syracuse metropolitan area, which includes Onondaga, Oswego and Madison counties, according to an analysis by the national commercial real estate firm CBRE.

There was also an 18% drop in the number of people who moved the other direction.


The news is exciting to the staff at CenterState CEO. They have been marketing the region for decades. The numbers fit anecdotal evidence they glean from the back end of their recruiting website. During the pandemic, New York City residents, mostly in the 24 to 44 age group, were searching for job openings as well as real estate listings and “reasons to move to CNY,” said Ben Sio, chief of staff for CenterState.

Other hits came from Philadelphia, Boston, Washington and Detroit, he said.

“There’s a demand for the product we’re selling,” he said.

USPS change of address forms are the quickest way for researchers to look at migration, but those records are not perfect science. The firm limited its analysis to people who changed their addresses for more than six months to eliminate snow birds and college students. But the number of people coming and going from Florida shows plenty of winter residents were likely still counted in the data.

Better migration records will eventually be released by the U.S. Census Bureau and the IRS.

“The question for us is if we can maintain that movement nationally into smaller and mid-size areas and be able to make decisions based on quality of life and commuter times and not just make a decision on total pay and all that,” Sio said.

Read the full article from, here.

Media Coverage

SYR community grid vision plan graphic
Media Coverage | 02/23/2024

Public Input Needed on Community Grid Vision Plan


Oneida Indian Nation Logo
Media Coverage | 02/01/2024

CenterState CEO Celebrates Oneida Indian Nation's Historic Investments

2023 marked another record breaking spending year for the Oneida Indian Nation.

Syracuse's Clinton Square with Fountains
Media Coverage | 01/18/2024

Syracuse Listed As A City Succeeding In New Industrial Era

CenterState CEO's unique position within the public, private and civic spheres is listed as one of the contributing factor's to Syracuse's success in attracting and growing advanced manufacturing opportunities.

NYS Gov. Kathy Hochul, State of the State 2024
Media Coverage | 01/09/2024

Syracuse Will Anchor State-Proposed Regional Workforce Development Centers

Gov. Kathy Hochul unveiled her proposal for the One Network for Advanced Manufacturing Partnerships (ON-RAMP).

Syracuse Surge Workforce Graduation Ceremony at OCC
Media Coverage | 12/21/2023

Syracuse Surge Workforce Graduation Honors 34 Students

The Syracuse Surge Workforce programs focus on connecting individuals to advanced manufacturing careers.

Media Coverage | 12/19/2023

CenterState CEO Chief of Staff Ben Sio Profiled For Leadership Series

CenterState CEO Chief of Staff Ben Sio was recently profiled by Marie Morelli of for their weekly Conversation on Leadership

Rob Simpson talk about TTM Technologies expansion project in CNY
Media Coverage | 11/01/2023

TTM Technologies Plans Expansion In CNY, Creating Estimated 400 Jobs

TTM Technologies, a leading global manufacturer of technology solutions, intends to invest up to $130 million to build a greenfield high-tech manufacturing facility in DeWitt.

NY Smart I-Corridor Graphic
Media Coverage | 10/23/2023

NY SMART I-Corridor Wins Federal Tech Hub Designation

President Biden and Senate Majority Leader Schumer announced that the NY SMART I-Corridor, comprised of partners in Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo and Ithaca, has been designated as federal Tech Hubs by the Economic Development…

Blueflite co-founders James McClearen and Frank Noppel win GENIUS NY competiiton.
Media Coverage | 10/06/2023

Blueflite Wins $1 Million GENIUS NY Grand Prize

Innovative uncrewed aerial systems companies competed for CenterState CEO’s GENIUS NY accelerator’s $1 million grand prize.