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.
The city’s exodus of residents is much greater than in prior years. Between March and July, there were 244,895 change of address requests to locations outside the five boroughs,