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Moving to New York

Learn about moving to New York for career and educational opportunities.

New York City is just one of many cities in the state of New York to take up residence. [©Shutterstock, 2010]
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New York City is just one of many cities in the state of New York to take up residence.

Many people consider moving to New York for jobs or education. New York has many great colleges, from exceptional state universities such as State University of New York Geneseo to the prestigious Cornell University. There also are a number of large corporations in New York, including Kodak, Xerox and regional grocer Wegmans Food Markets, among many others.

Additionally, New York City is considered to be the financial capital of the world. Many of the most successful financial institutions are headquartered there. This makes it a good location for those who are looking for jobs in the financial field.

New York Educational System

The New York State Education Department Board of Regents oversees all educational activities in the state. College-bound high school students should aim for a Regents Diploma, which includes standardized testing in English, mathematics, science, U.S. history and government, global history and geography. Additionally, the Board of Regents works within the higher educational system to establish standards for degrees and regulating the requirements for entering colleges.

In New York, parents can choose between public and private schools. Some public schools are magnet schools, which have a special focus such as technology or the arts. Magnet schools are free to attend but require a special application process. Not all students can attend a particular magnet school.

New York residents pay less than nonresidents to attend SUNY (State University of New York) colleges. To be considered a resident, one must have lived in New York for 12 months prior to registration. If a student is financially dependant on their parents and the parents live out of state, the student will be considered a nonresident.

Working in New York

Anyone who is a U.S. citizen or qualified to work within the United States can apply for work in the state of New York. According to the New York State Department of Labor, some of the largest industries include financial services, production services (including manufacturing and construction) and travel and tourism. Industry projections to 2016 indicate that there will be an increase in service-oriented jobs and self-employment and a decrease in production, manufacturing and agricultural jobs.

The minimum wage in New York is $7.15, but there are different rules for people who work on farms or those who work for tips, such as waiters and bartenders. Employers must also follow specific rules for workplace safety, which are regulated by the New York State Department of Labor.

People interested in moving to New York should look at publications from the New York State Department of Labor that offer advice for finding a job in New York.

Living in New York

New York is a large state offering many different types of places to live, from the hustle and bustle of New York City to the tranquility of wine country in the Finger Lakes. Anyone thinking about moving to New York should consider what type of environment they prefer and whether there are jobs in that area to support them. Typically, there are more jobs available in larger cities.

People considering moving to New York should carefully consider living options. Real estate in New York City is expensive to purchase. Those who work in New York City may want to consider renting an apartment. The City of New York Web site offers helpful tips on finding affordable housing in New York City.

Taxes in New York

Those moving to New York will find that they are faced with some of the highest sales tax rates in the country. When combining local and state sales tax rates, percentages can range from 7 to 9 percent. In addition, New York residents must pay an income tax, which ranges from 4 to 7 percent depending on income level.

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance offers the most up-to-date information about taxes for both individuals and business owners.

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