After years of draconian Covid lockdowns and the highest crime rates in decades, cities are witnessing an ongoing exodus. According to The Wall Street Journal’s Paul Overberg and Janet Adamy, in the year ended July 31, 2021, “San Francisco’s population fell 6.3%, a loss of 55,000 people.” And, they continue, “It and Chicago have lost so many people that their populations have fallen close to their 2010 levels.”
It wasn’t just San Francisco and Chicago that lost residents. Matt Murray writes for The WSJ:
People kept leaving U.S. cities as the pandemic dragged on. The exodus to suburbs and exurbs that began in March 2020 continued in the year ended last July 1, census figures show. The nine cities with populations exceeding one million lost a net total of 419,000 residents, a 1.7% drop. Only Phoenix and San Antonio grew. Costly housing and demographic shifts had been pushing some residents out of urban areas already, but the pandemic led many others to rebalance the advantages of city living against drawbacks such as higher taxes and elevated crime.
This trend is not changing anytime soon unless cities become safe again.
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