The once prosperous city of Portland, Oregon, has lost $1 billion in income between 2020 and 2021 due to residents fleeing amid surges in crime and homelessness.

According to data analysis conducted by Oregon Live, Multnomah County had more than 14,000 tax filers and their families leaving the county during the first year of the pandemic in 2020, taking a record $1 billion of income away from the Beaver State. The homelessness crisis in Portland spiraled out of control forcing business owners to bring awareness to the issue and crime associated with it.

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The number of homicides in the state hit a record high in 2021, flying by its previous annual record of 66 back in 1987. That number surpassed 2021 the following year.

“Walking around, it’s hard to not notice used needles, nudity, human feces and the stench of urine coming from our large homeless population,” said Cobalt Kaiser, a second-year Portland resident.

Mayor Ted Wheeler’s office reported a 50% increase in homelessness from 2019 to 2022.

“Our city is in peril,” Portland business owner Katherine Sealy told Fox News Digital in December. “Small businesses [and large] cannot sustain doing business in our city’s current state. We have no protection or recourse against the criminal behavior that goes unpunished.”

The following tweets were posted, exposing violent incidents between criminals and residents:

“It’s like Portland died,” longtime Portland resident Larry May told Fox 12 Oregon in May.

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