Continuing Trend: New York City Led Big Cities in Residents Leaving in 2019

Nick Kangadis | December 8, 2020
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If things don’t straighten out in terms of big city politicians placing authoritarian measures on their populace, they might not have much of a populace left. For a few years now, people have been leaving leftist-run big cities by the thousand. With the added effect of the Chinese coronavirus, big cities overrun by far-left policies could continue to see that trend accelerate.

On Sunday, Bloomberg released an analysis of a U.S. Census Bureau survey on the shifting of populations in the country, and it revealed that more than 2,600 New York City residents were leaving the city per week, pre-pandemic, in 2019.

According to Bloomberg:

New York City, for example, was losing 376 residents per day to domestic migration in 2019 -- an increase of more than 100 per day from the previous year -- before it became the epicenter of the country’s virus outbreak in March this year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s latest survey of population shifts[…]

The shrinking of New York would be significantly faster without international arrivals. Last year, almost 60,000 cross-border migrants moved there (only Miami had more) while 200,000 residents left.

New Yorkers were being replaced, just not at a pace that would indicate a thriving metropolis.

COVID hasn’t helped matters at all, either.

The New York Post reported in November that “more than 300,000 New Yorkers have bailed in the last eight months” while New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) were increasingly placing draconian measures on residents.

According to The Post’s more recent exodus report:

Since the data details only when 11 or more forwarding requests were made to a particular county outside NYC, the number of moves is actually higher. And a single address change could represent an entire household, which means far more than 300,000 New Yorkers fled the five boroughs.

Whatever the exact number, the exodus — which began when COVID-19 hit the city in early spring — is much greater than in prior years. From just March through July, there were 244,895 change of address requests to destinations outside the city, more than double the 101,342 during the same period in 2019.

So between residents that were already leaving pre-pandemic and the droves of people who have left the city because of COVID measures, it’ll be interesting to see what New York looks like even just a few years from now.

Bloomberg also reported that other typically far-left cities, like Los Angeles and Chicago, have also seen residents leaving in massive numbers.

“Los Angeles and Chicago were among other cities to see daily departures in triple digits last year,” Bloomberg reported. “Both have been losing population since 2017.”

As I reported in May 2018, Chicago, Baltimore and Detroit all saw their populations drop for the third year in a row. That trend has only continued since then.

If leftist politicians in big cities aren’t careful, they could push away a good portion of their residents. Big cities might be over.