California is the best place to go to college for most young people, but some are turning their back on the Golden State.
On Friday, some of the top schools in California said they would be moving to New York in the coming months in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order barring immigrants from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the country.
The universities say the move will help to create more than 2,500 new jobs and spur economic growth.
“The opportunity is huge, the opportunity is so huge that it has to be in New York,” said Marisa Rocha, a senior at the University of Southern California.
California’s public universities have been hit hard by the downturn in the economy.
Last year, the state’s public colleges lost more than $10 billion in revenue, including more than a third of its $5 billion budget.
Students from California also are looking to the city for a place to learn, said Lillian Garcia, a junior at the New York University Graduate School of Education.
She said she and her family have been in New Orleans for the last three weeks to help with construction work on the New Orleans Saints stadium.
A student holds a sign during a demonstration outside the New England College of Art and Design in Boston, Mass., March 11, 2021.
More than 2.5 million New Yorkers are living in homes without internet or other connectivity, according to data from the city.
Some students are moving to places like San Francisco and Los Angeles to take advantage of the jobs the city has to offer, including tech, healthcare and technology.
As of March, the median income for a New Yorker is about $62,000, according the U.S. Census Bureau.
Many young people are turning to the Bay Area to escape the city’s harsh winters, which can freeze students’ feet, according a report by the National Employment Law Project.
Rocha said she hopes to move to the Golden Valley, but is looking to go back to New Orleans to see her grandparents.