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Leaving New York for the Sunshine State: Everything you need to know about your move to Miami

Considering moving to the Sunshine State? You’re not alone, New Yorkers are leaving for Miami, and it is not for nothing.

In this blog, we’ll discuss some useful information, and as an additional plus, we’ll provide some tips about the move down south.

Things to do in South Beach
Things to do in South Beach

Why Miami?

From lower cost of living to a tropical lifestyle, Miami offers everything that New Yorkers love about New York but with virgin white sand beaches.

Miami upholds a respectable reputation of being one of the most luxurious destinations, but what truly makes Miami an attractive destination is simply its lower cost of living. Real estate in New York is on average about $1,860 per square foot, while Miami enjoys a breathable $750 p/sf.

Warmer Winters

One thing that nobody can disagree with is that Miami is blessed with far better weather than New York City. Miami boasts the warmest winter in all mainland United States with an average of 60 degrees, meaning that BBQ season is every season.

With amazing beaches to top the allure, Miami offers some of North America’s most beautiful pristine beaches. The Miami coastline runs for a few miles with two beaches topping the list —South Beach and Miami Beach which are renowned for their turquoise water, white sand beaches, and swaying coconut palms.

Miamians frequently argue about which of the two is better, but there’s a reason that New Yorkers don’t interject to mention Coney Island Beach, eh? Our opinion? South Beach. From nightclubs to lively bars, a beautiful boardwalk, and the fascinating Art Deco architecture, make it among the most sought-after neighborhoods in the nation. South Beach boasts a pulsing beat that gets everyone excited. Miami Beach is for those who find peace in silence and tall glass towers looming overhead.

Putting all that aside, Florida offers plenty to New Yorkers and the allure is nothing but obvious.


Another underrated plus of Miami is its compactness, the city has a relatively smaller urban sprawl which means getting from one side of the city to the other takes less time geographically and there is also far less traffic.

To truly prove how compact the city is, a popular means of transportation year-round is the city-distributed electrical bikes and scooters available across the city’s numerous routes.

Additionally, means of public transportation such as above-ground light rails and bus routes are frequent and dependable.

Nightlife in South beach
South Beach’s lively nightlife scene


Tax Breaks

Believe it or not, Florida isn’t only attractive for its good weather and nice beaches; Florida is among the United States’ top 10 best business tax climates.

Some things that you simply won’t find in Miami are state income taxes, capital gains taxes, or estate taxes. If you see where I’m going with this, Miami is a haven for business and investment, as you get more out of everything without sharing it with the tax authorities. This reason is in fact a prevailing reason why Florida, and specifically Miami, is the destination.

What undoubtedly inspired many to move south was the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into action in 2017. It brought along transformative changes that limited deductions on state and local taxes.

Taxpayers were especially hard hit in New Jersey, Connecticut, and of course our New York. According to the New York Post and to the US Census Bureau, Florida has the highest number of domestic migrants, it was recorded in 2020-2022 that over 64,577 New Yorkers changed their licenses to Florida and 336,000 New York residents left the Big Apple behind during that same period in the COVID era.

Although Florida does certainly have a lower cost of living than New York, it also has a lower minimum wage than New York. The minimum wage sits at around $8.46 an hour, while in New York it’s almost double that at $15 per hour.

A Global, Prestigious City

Miami holds a reputation for its virgin beaches and wild nightlife, but what people don’t realize is Miami’s secret bustling business sector. Miami has scratched the sky by becoming the second most prominent financial hub in the US along with having an exciting creative scene, where arts and culture are becoming increasingly popular.

Major neighborhoods in Miami

Miami is a vibrant city with diverse neighborhoods that cater to various interests and lifestyles. When considering moving from NYC to Miami, it’s essential to explore the major neighborhoods and their unique offerings.

Brickell: known as Miami’s financial district, boasts upscale high-rises and luxurious condos, making it a desirable choice for professionals and young urbanites.

Wynwood: for those seeking a more artistic and bohemian atmosphere, it presents colorful street art, trendy galleries, and hip cafes, creating a haven for creative souls.

South Beach: a world-renowned destination, allures sun seekers with its stunning beaches, glamorous nightlife, and iconic Art Deco architecture. Additionally, the Design District showcases high-end fashion boutiques and contemporary art galleries, making it a shopper’s paradise.

Downtown Miami: Downtown Miami is another great option for those who want to be in the heart of the action. There are a number of museums, theaters, and art galleries in Downtown Miami, and it’s also home to the American Airlines Arena.

Coconut Grove: Coconut Grove is a more laid-back neighborhood with a bohemian vibe. There are plenty of parks, shops, and restaurants in Coconut Grove, and it’s also home to the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.

When moving from NYC to Miami, be sure to consider storage options to ease the transition and take advantage of the city’s enticing attractions, including vibrant nightlife, cultural festivals, water sports, and delectable cuisine.

Living Relaxed Under the Gaze of the Sun

Since it hasn’t been mentioned yet, let it be mentioned now: Miami is far more relaxed and slow-paced than New York.

People are much more chill and aren’t constantly trying to be somewhere for something, making the city have a much calmer sense to it than the opposing New York. Traffic is far less dense, making the ride to and from home calmer and smoother than what we are accustomed to in the Empire State.

Miami is the secret that you’re only now getting to know, where you can prioritize your well-being along with your family and friends. Take some time by the beach or go out for some drinks and enjoy the sun: you deserve to live a truly dolce vita.

How can you prepare for your Miami move?

Moving can be exhilarating and nerve-wracking. The idea of leaving everything you know behind, and relocating, is not merely discussed enough as it is not only a geographic change, but a change with highly emotional implications.

Here at Roadway, we are conscious of that and are ready to make this process as simple and burden-free as possible. Here are some simple ways you can prepare for your move to Miami.

  1. Go through your belongings and decide what is and isn’t relevant and donate what you don’t use or need any longer to those who may need it. We recommend asking yourself “When was the last time I used this/needed this?” If the answer is a year and over, you simply don’t need it; for a few months or less, keep it.
  2. Gather all your belongings and organize them accordingly so that if your movers are also packing, everything will be packed away according to your liking.
  3. Create a plan. Organize, set, and prepare everything you need before moving day to avoid last-minute chaos.
  4. Lastly, take time for self-care. Take deep breaths, play music, do a quick exercise, and order a special meal for you and your family.

How much does it cost to move stuff across the country?

The cost of moving your belongings across the country can vary depending on several factors such as distance, the volume of items, the chosen method of transportation, and additional services that may be entailed.

Generally, long-distance moves may cost you anywhere from around $2000-$5000 and even more depending on the moving company you have chosen.

Going DIY is the cheapest option but does involve much more time, work, and investment with considerations including renting a truck which can cost you around $1,500-$3000 along with gas and snacks for the road. While this is a more financial option, it is a difficult mission that not everyone has the ability or patience to take on. You simply don’t have to consider all these nuances when hiring professionals to do the job for you.

How long do movers take cross country?

A move from NY to Miami could take several days or weeks and there are factors that affect the time including weather conditions, road conditions, the route taken, and the number of stops that will be taken along the way.

How should I pack to move cross country?

If you’re having trouble figuring out the most efficient way to pack a truck, then fret not. Here are some of the best tips you can use to pack a truck for long distance moving.

Why choose Roadway for your cross-country move?

With Roadway Moving, we believe your moving day should be a joyous day.

Your moving day should be an exciting, positive experience instead of turning into a huge source of stress somewhere along the way.

Roadway Moving was established in 2008 to make moving not only a stress-free experience through skilled professional movers but as well as a joyous occasion. When you’re moving to a new home or office, you should celebrate the life moment rather than stress about it. You deserve a truly amazing moving experience and our skilled and experienced movers are here to offer just that.

Let’s get moving and call us today to receive your free quote at +1-212-812-5240!



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