Where in New York are NYSLRS Retirees?

NYSLRS retirees tend to stay in New York, where their pensions are exempt from State and local income taxes. In fact, 78 percent of NYSLRS 452,455 retirees and beneficiaries lived in the State as of March 31, 2017. And half of them lived in just ten of New York’s 62 counties.

So where in New York do these retirees call home? Well, there are a lot of NYSLRS retirees and beneficiaries on Long Island. Suffolk and Nassau counties are home to more than 57,000 recipients of NYSLRS retirement benefits, with annual pension payments exceeding $1.8 billion. But that shouldn’t be surprising. Suffolk and Nassau counties are, respectively, the largest and third largest counties in the State outside of New York City.Erie County, which includes Buffalo, ranks No. 2 in the number of NYSLRS retirees, with nearly 30,000. Albany County, home to the State Capital, ranks fourth with more than 18,000. Monroe, Westchester, Onondaga, Saratoga, Dutchess and Orange counties round out the Top Ten.

This distribution is easy to understand. The Top Ten counties for retirees include nine of the ten most populous New York counties outside of New York City. (The City, which has its own retirement system for municipal employees, police and firefighters, has about 22,000 NYSLRS retirees and beneficiaries living in its five counties.)

All told, NYSLRS retirees received $5 billion in retirement benefits in the Top Ten counties, and $9.1 billion statewide.

Hamilton County had the fewest NYSLRS benefit recipients. But in this sparsely populated county in the heart of the Adirondacks, those 435 retirees represent nearly 10 percent of the county population. $8.6 million in retirement benefits were paid to NYSLRS retirees in Hamilton County during fiscal year 2016-2017.

Outside of New York, Florida remained the top choice for NYSLRS retirees, with more than 36,000 benefit recipients. North Carolina (8,693), New Jersey (7,466) and South Carolina (5,620) were also popular. There were 690 NYSLRS recipients living outside the United States as of March 31, 2017.

8 thoughts on “Where in New York are NYSLRS Retirees?

    1. NYSLRS Post author

      NYSLRS retirees live all across the United States and around the world. It doesn’t affect their pensions directly. However, a move out of state may have tax implications.

      While NYSLRS pensions have been (and continue to be) subject to federal income tax, they are not taxed by New York State. If you move out of New York, your pension will be subject to the tax laws of your new home state, and you may have to pay state taxes on your pension. The Retired Public Employees Association tracks which states tax pensions.

      If you want more information, check out our Taxes and Your Pension page.

      You may wish consult a tax advisor for details.

  1. Cliff

    I moved out of state 15 years ago but I could never afford to move back because of the high property taxes and cold winters.

  2. Lisa Vitalo

    I wish it were more affordable for retirees in NYS. It is hard to make a decision as a retiree to relocate, where life will be more affordable, or to stay in NY where family and friends are, but the cost is prohibitive.


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