(ConservativePeak.com)- According to data revealed by a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, almost one-third of a million people have fled New York City in 2020, as the city struggles to manage a surge in violent crime and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The New York Post revealed how in just eight months, 300,000 people have left the city.
The data came from an FOIA request about change of address requests filed with the United States Postal Service between March 1 and October 31. The Post found that a minimum of 300,000 people have left the city, but owing to how the data is recorded, found it could be much higher. The USPS only shows when 11 or more forwarding requests are made to specific counties outside of New York City, meaning more people are likely to have left during the most chaotic period in the city’s history.
According to the Post, the data also doesn’t consider how many people are in a household when a request is made. Nobody really knows, therefore, just how many people have left. It could be over half a million.
The number of people leaving is significantly higher than what the city usually sees. Last year, for instance, there were 101,342 requests made between March and July. In that same period this year, 244,895 requests were made.
According to Michael Hendrix of the Manhattan Institute, which has commissioned several surveys about New York City, people are leaving the cities out of fear and because they believe their quality of life is getting worse.
“I think people are afraid,” he said. “They’re afraid of catching a deadly virus and they’re afraid of crime and other quality of life concerns. One thing we also hear is about trash and cleanliness of the city.”
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