Over one-third is a pretty staggering number, but it's not surprising. The cost of living in NYC or anywhere near it is outrageous. The cost of doing business in the state is incredibly high. The fact of the matter of is you can achieve a higher standard of living in the southern U.S. for half the cost. That's one of the things that brought me here from Boston, but Boston was far livable than NYC. The future for New York City and State are bleak if they don't get their act together.