From the NY Post:
Native New Yorker Marie King loves the Big Apple and always will, but she had to head south with her 16-year-old son, Michael, to pursue her goal of owning a home.
King, 52, a retired NYPD detective and single mom, left her rental in the leafy Pelham Bay section of The Bronx to own her own place in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The Post reached out to ex-New Yorkers after an Empire Center for NY State Policy study found that a whopping 1.5 million residents abandoned the state from 2000 to 2008 -- most from New York City.
King and other refugees said they were squeezed out.
"I couldn't afford a home in my old neighborhood. They go for $500,000 and up. It was ridiculous," said King, who works part-time and collects a pension.
She lives in a duplex that cost less than $185,000. Her monthly mortgage payment is $1,100, which covers her $2,000 property-tax bill. There is no state income tax in Florida.
King also was pleasantly surprised to learn that her auto insurance was $800 a year, or less than half the $1,700 she paid in the city.