Escape From New York…

More than 300,000 New York­ers have bailed from the Big Apple in the last eight months, new stats show.

City res­i­dents filed 295,103 change of address requests from March 1 through Oct. 31, accord­ing to data The Post obtained from the US Postal Ser­vice under a Free­dom of Infor­ma­tion Act request.

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 of the city, more than dou­ble the 101,342 dur­ing the same peri­od in 2019.

The escape from New York is fueled not only by coro­n­avirus con­cerns, but eco­nom­ic wor­ries, school chaos and ris­ing crime, experts say.

Michael Hen­drix, direc­tor of state and local pol­i­cy at the Man­hat­tan Insti­tute, which has com­mis­sioned sur­veys about the state of the city, was not sur­prised by the data.

“I think peo­ple are afraid,” Hen­drix 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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