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More Than 300,000 New Yorkers Have Fled City Since Pandemic Began

A man walks into heavy wind and rain during Tropical Storm Isaias along the waterfront of the Hudson River in Weehawken, N.J., across from the New York City skyline, August 4, 2020. (Mike Segar)

Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers have fled New York City since the coronavirus pandemic began in the spring, new data from the U.S. Post Office shows.

A total of 295,103 city residents requested a change of address between March 1 and October 31, according to U.S. Postal Service data obtained by the New York Post under a Freedom of Information Act request.

However, the actual number of New Yorkers who escaped the city this year is much higher than that since a single address change could represent an entire household, and the data from the Post Office does not include the many New Yorkers who have fled without officially changing their address.

Last year, New Yorkers made only 101,342 address change requests between March and July, compared t

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