New York City was already experiencing a mass exodus before the pandemic had even had a chance to take place. Larger cities are losing a sizable percentage of their populations and have been for some time now. New York City’s exodus has not only continued, it has only gotten worse. According to recent reports about population changes in the city, over 300,000 residents have packed up and taken off since COVID-19 arrived.
When these numbers are compared with the same time period from 2019, a startling picture emerges. The number of residents who have left New York City in 2020 has doubled in just one year’s time. “City residents filed 295,103 change of address requests from March 1 through Oct. 31, according to data The Post obtained from the US Postal Service under a Freedom of Information Act request.
Since the data details only when 11 or more forwarding requests were made to a particular county outside NYC, the number of moves is actually higher. And a single address change could represent an entire household, which means far more than 300,000 New Yorkers fled the five boroughs,” reads the report from The New York Post.
Previous reports were more focused on data that was a bit less definitive. The information was resourced from real estate transactions and surveys. Now that the data is being sourced from the Post Office, its a bit harder for the powers that be to neglect what is taking place. Whether someone is renting or owning, they have to file a change of address form.
Hopefully, the names have been removed to protect the identities of the customers in question. The numbers are going to be hard to slice for anyone who is looking to minimize this problem. From the months of March to July, the Post Office received nearly 245,000 requests to forward mail to new addresses. In 2019, the same time period produced a shade over 100,000 requests.
A Manhattan Institute analyst has been studying all of the latest trends and they have found one primary reason for the sudden uptick. Obviously, the pandemic is playing a major role. New York City is not exactly the cheapest place to live in the world. All it takes is a month or two without income rolling into price someone out for good.
It’s also harder to remain safe during a pandemic when the population density is this high. Between the increase in infection rate and the inability to survive on unemployment checks, it is easy to see why this city is experiencing such turmoil. Over 100,000 jobs have been lost but there is one more factor that the mainstream media seems unwilling to discuss.
New York City is experiencing a sizable number of violent riots and the amount of crime that is taking place in the city is also on the rise. The number of shootings and killings is on pace to reach its highest number in at least a decade. Families who are looking to continue their children’s education are also struggling mightily.
Public school systems cannot seem to decide if they are going to shut down or reopen. Children are not doing well with “virtual learning” and neither are their parents. Now that these parents have learned of schools that are up and running in Connecticut and upstate New York, they are making their move. Anyone who has ever seen Escape From New York before can probably relate to what they are seeing here on some level.
The lower rent and real estate costs may cause some folks to stay in New York City for a bit longer. Unfortunately, they are not going to want to stay when they realize that they are at risk every single time they step outside. If we had to guess, we would assume that this exodus is only going to continue to get worse as time goes on. No one should ever have to live in fear like this.