As far as NY goes, it's mostly a tax problem.
During a temporary moment of insanity, we had considered moving back to Long Island. I 86'd the idea pretty quick when I realized how much I would be paying in property taxes - and that I'd have to sell my guns.
My friend lives in a crappy house in a crappy Hempstead neighborhood. The house is 100% paid off, yet he still pays $18,000 per year in property taxes. He wouldn't even be able to rent the place for that much. Despite owning his home outright, he essentially a tax slave to the froward minority pols, renters and 3rd worlders who run (and are destroying) Hempstead and it's deplorable, astronomically expensive school system.
The lefties/unions/parasites there think they can just keep sucking everyone dry, but the smart people and their smart money simply leave.
$18,000 per year in property taxes.
Good God. If I didn’t know any better, I would have thought you were talking about Texas. I had no idea that property taxes in New York were as horrible as Texas.