The new U.S. Census Bureau data shows New York state bled over 300,000 residents (1.6% decline) from July 2020 to July 2021:
New York’s net loss of 319,020 residents is the largest single-year decline in the state’s history, according to an analysis by the Empire Center for Public Policy, an Albany research organization.
The Census Bureau statistics released Tuesday blamed most of New York’s decline on domestic migration. The state had a net loss of 352,185 residents when accounting for those who moved to and from other states.
The Empire State registered around 19.8 million people in July.
My friend Karol Markowicz is moving with her family from New York City to Florida. In a Fox News op-ed, Karol admitted the leftist policies of the state and city did not help. But the last straw is how fellow New Yorkers cowered and accepted the harsh rules during the pandemic:
It was because they took away school during the pandemic and not enough of my fellow New Yorkers cared. I kept looking around at a civilization that does not value education. Or worse, values it for their own kids, in the form of private pods or putting them into open private schools, but won’t fight for their less fortunate neighbors to have the same.
And then, when schools finally reopened there was no discussion about the broken system that had kept them closed. The very same people stuck kids in masks indefinitely, even outdoors.
But the worst part was that New Yorkers quietly accepted this. At least schools were open, they said. We were a city of strivers! We were never a city that accepted the bare minimum, that was for … other cities, and here we were imposing just that on our children.
I don’t know why others left New York, but I imagine a lot felt the same way as Karol. Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo enforced awful mandates and policies. The new acting governor is no better. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is doing all he can to grind down the city before he leaves.
Census officials will release the cities and counties’ residential data in March. So right now we do not know which ones lost the most people during the year.DONATE
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