The Upper West Side is hopping with new locals, according to a population report released by Placer.ai at the start of the new year.
In the report, the Upper West Side is listed as the most popular of six “top destination neighborhoods,” with a small pocket on the Hudson River (zip code 10069) seeing a 30.7% “domestic net migration” increase from November 2019 to October 2022. In other swaths of the Upper West Side, changes didn’t break the single digits. But across the park, it’s a different story: the Upper East Side experienced an overall decline in “domestic net migration,” ranging from a 3.7% drop in a swath parallel with Central Park’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir (zip code 10128), to a less than 1% increase in a stretch farther south (zip code 10075).
In a matter of months at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2020, 8.1% of Manhattan’s population fled the borough, according to the report. “But over the summer of 2020, the tide began to turn — and by October 2022, Manhattan had more than recovered its pandemic losses,” Bracha Arnold wrote. The borough’s population increased around 4% from January 2018 to October 2022.