According to a recent Freedom of Information request to the US Postal Service on Change of Address requests, between March and July this year, well over 300,000 people fled New York City. There are probably several reasons for people leaving including concerns about COVID-1984, the extreme lockdown and loss of jobs, loss of hope and skyrocketing violence as the city cuts its police budget.
More than 300,000 people have fled New York City over the past eight months because of rising crime rates and the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report from the New York Post.
Residents filed 295,103 change of address requests between March 1 and October 31, the report revealed, citing data collected from the U.S. Postal Service under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
The data show only when 11 or more forwarding requests are made to a certain county outside New York City, so the number of moves could be greater than 300,000.
The data also fails to consider how many people are in a single household under one request, meaning there are likely far more than 300,000 people who have left the city.
With people working from their homes, they don’t need to be near their place of work to do their job. So they can move to a safer area and most moved to the suburbs, but a significant percentage also left the state.
What is equally concerning is that the people who leave can afford to do so. This means they are taxpayers and their departure will result in a major erosion of the city’s and state’s tax base. READ: Cuomo Begs Fleeing New Yorkers To Return From Connecticut, Hamptons After Revealing Top 1% Pay 50% Of State Taxes AND Mayor de Blasio dismisses rich New Yorkers who fled the city as ‘fairweather friends’ and says their taxes should be raised – days after Gov. Cuomo begged the city’s top 1% to return to prop up its ailing finances
In addition to property taxes, NYC is one of the few cities in the US that also has a personal income tax. Maybe we should add looming fears of major tax hikes as another reason people are fleeing NYC.
Some related tweets and links explaining why people are fleeing:
This is what New York City looked like after the first lockdown, can you imagine what it will look like after a second lockdown: