Since the start of the coronavirus epidemic, the population has fallen significantly in some of America’s biggest cities, with the Big Apple reportedly leading the list throughout the course of the three-year span.
According to a study issued Thursday by the United States Census Bureau, more than 468,200 inhabitants left New York City between April 2020 and July 2022, accounting for a 5.3% decline in the city’s population.
The greatest loss occurred between 2020 and 2021, when the population fell by little over 281,000 people.
Only three other communities in the United States suffered lower percentages over the same time period, with San Francisco, California losing 7.5% of its people, Lake Charles, Louisiana losing 6.9%, and Revere, Massachusetts losing 5.9%.
Despite the loss of hundreds of thousands of citizens, New York metropolis remains America’s largest metropolis by far, with over 8.3 million residents.
Los Angeles, which similarly witnessed a 76,000-person population loss, is the country’s second-largest metropolis, with over 3.8 million people.
Chicago is the third-largest city, with a projected population of 2,665,039 as of July 1, 2022, despite a decline of more than 81,000 since April 2020.
Nine of the country’s top 15 fastest-growing cities are located south of the Mason-Dixon line, with six of them in Texas.
Georgetown, Texas, is expected to have the biggest population rise in 2022, with a 14.4% increase.
According to the data, Florida has added around 655,200 inhabitants since the start of the epidemic.