98,267 -- That's how many more residents New York has than Florida, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Next year the Sunshine State will overtake the Empire State as third most populous in the nation, with California first and Texas second. All three are growing far faster than New York. Climate is a draw, but New York also suffers from high prices and taxes, and a tough employment market. New York, the nation's most populous state into the 1960s, will only have a dynamic future if it becomes a better place to work, and a cheaper place to live.