About 300,000 households have left New York City since March, fleeing a metropolis that has become a land of lockdowns and increasing violent crime in a year dominated by the Covid-19 pandemic and civil unrest.
US Postal Service data obtained by the New York Post showed more than 295,000 address change requests were made by residents leaving the city’s five boroughs from March 1 to October 31. no more transfer requests filed, meaning that moves to places where 10 or fewer New Yorkers moved during the period were not counted. Each change of address request is usually for an entire household, not just an individual, so the number of people moving would be greater than the number of deposits.
There were nearly 245,000 move notices filed with the postal service in March-July alone, according to the Post, up from 101,000 a year earlier. The exodus has been blamed on concerns of Covid-19, economic woes, rising crime and struggling schools.
New York State has suffered more than 33,000 Covid-19-related deaths, the most in the country, and more than 24,000 in New York. The city has seen some of the toughest economic lockdowns in the country to deter the spread of the virus, leading to the bankruptcy of thousands of restaurants, stores and other businesses. New York is also one of many large American cities that have been rocked by the Black Lives Matter protests and violent anti-fa riots and looting following the death of George Floyd in custody in Minneapolis in May.
A Manhattan Institute poll conducted from July 13 to August 3 showed that 44% of New Yorkers who earn more than $ 100,000 a year had considered leaving the city since March. Almost two-thirds said they believed current conditions were a “new normal” for the city. Respondents said their quality of life had deteriorated and their satisfaction with the city had halved.
The law of supply and demand also illustrates the growing desire to get out of New York City. Renting a 20-foot U-Haul truck on Dec. 4 to move from New York to Nashville, Tennessee, would cost $ 2,153, according to the company’s website. To make the same movement in the opposite direction on the same date, the truck rental would cost $ 677, or less than a third of the price to leave New York.
When it comes to violent crime, there were 344 murders in New York City from January through September, surpassing the total of 335 for all of 2019 with three months remaining in 2020. The number of shootings has increased by 94%.
The Post said most forwarding addresses are in nearby locations, such as New Jersey and neighboring New York counties. But more than 13,000 households moved to three counties in Florida and nearly 9,000 redirected their mail to Los Angeles.
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s efforts to entice wealthy New Yorkers to return to the city have apparently had little effect. More than 16,000 Manhattan apartments were vacant in October, the most in 14 years. Cuomo announced new restrictions on Covid-19 on Wednesday, banning gatherings of more than 10 people in homes and forcing restaurants and bars to close before 10 p.m.
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