Why are residents leaving New York en masse?

Why are residents leaving New York en masse?

According to the latest data, over 300,000 have left New York in recent months. residents. The main reasons are fear of the coronavirus, the economic situation and crime.

Statistics from the US Post Office show that from March 1 to October 31, New Yorkers filed 295,103 requests to change addresses. In fact, according to the New York Post, their number is much higher.


From March to July alone, 244,895 people moved outside the city. There were more than twice as many (101,342) as in the same period last year.

"New York Post", citing inter alia on Michael Hendrix, director of state and local politics at the Manhattan Institute, points out that the retreat is driven not only by fears of the coronavirus but also by the economic situation, problems with schools and crime.

“I think people are scared. They fear infection with a deadly virus, crime, and other quality of life problems. We also hear comments about rubbish and the hassle of keeping the city clean, ”Hendrix specified.

According to a Manhattan Institute survey conducted in July and August among people with six-figure incomes (annually), 44% of respondents considered moving outside the city in the past four months. They cited the cost of living as the main reason.

According to 38% of the respondents, the city is going in the wrong direction. 38% rated the quality of life as good or excellent. 53% expressed great concern about the children's return to school.

Serious crime has increased in New York this year. By October, 344 murders had been recorded, which was more than the entire 2019 number. By November 8, shootings were 94% higher than last year.

According to Kathryn Wylde, head of the Partnership for New York City, a non-profit organization dedicated to economic development, trade and cultural life, the most important reason for leaving the city is people's uncertainty as to when the pandemic will end and how quickly the economy will return to normal.


“Over half a million of the city's residents working in the trade, restaurants and services have lost their jobs and cannot afford the rent. The late decision to reopen public and private schools forced many families to relocate, ”explained Wylde.

According to postal records, many people have moved from New York to nearby Long Island, Westchester or New Jersey. Thousands of people who have second homes in several fashionable Long Island towns called the Hamptons enrolled their children in local schools. Popular locations were Jersey City and Hoboken, Jersey City, and the chic suburbs of Scarsdale and Greenwich, Connecticut.

Some New Yorkers have travelled far. 8,587 asked to forward mail to Los Angeles, 421 to Hawaii, and 13,009 to Florida.

From New York, Andrzej Dobrowolski (PAP)

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