New York City is reportedly seeing a "mass exodus" as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the New York Post.
Although New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been taking a tour of the state to ask people to return to the city, the New York Post reports that many have planned on making their move permanent.
"People are fleeing the city in droves," said Moon Salahie, owner of Elite Moving & Storing in Yonkers, adding that roughly 90% of those moving are families with kids worried about the school year.
Cuomo has said that the top 1% of New Yorkers represent 50% of the state's income from taxes.
Salahie said there has been less movement from residents in wealthy neighborhoods, many of whom have second homes either in the country or outside the state.
Still, more than 16,000 New York residents changed their address to Connecticut from March through June, according to the Hartford Courant.
Mark Ehrhardt, owner of Gowanus-based Movers, Not Shakers!, said that "all the kids are leaving."
"The studios and one-bedrooms are emptying out like crazy," Ehrhardt said, adding that he doubted their residents would return.
Other cities impacted by the coronavirus pandemic have seen similar problems, with job postings dropping in San Francisco and Portland and rent prices decreasing in Portland and Seattle.