If people are thinking of moving, then the country is apparently the place to be. Americans are leaving big cities and urban hubs like New York and New Jersey for remote locations.
A Pew Research Survey found that about one in five Americans had relocated during the outbreak of COVID-19 or knew someone who had.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people are flocking to to Vermont, Idaho and Oregon. Vermont saw the biggest increase in new residents between March and August, according to Bloomberg. Three out of every four households moved to Vermont in this time period.
People started moving to states with less densely populated areas, according to data compiled by moving company United Van Lines. Idaho, Oregon, South Carolina, Arizona, Tennessee, North Carolina, Alabama, South Dakota and Arkansas were among states that attracted a large number of people seeking to relocate.
More people relocated to remote locations than left.
More people moved to rural states than those who left during the pandemic, according to the data. For example, Vermont saw an increase in 75 percent in people relocating there. Only 25 percent of the people who lived in the state moved away. Likewise, Idaho had a 67 percent relocation rate and a 33 percent move-out rate.
The data shows that far more people moved to these states than those who left during the pandemic.
People in New Jersey and New York left for warmer pastures in Sunbelt states like Texas or Florida. Seven of every 10 moves during this time period were households leaving those areas. New Jersey and New York had 30 percent move into the states during the same time period.
The number of people interested in leaving New York almost doubled compared to last year, according to United Van Lines. In Manhattan, July home sales dipped by 56 percent, according to The New York Times. People aren’t only interested in leaving the Northeast. San Francisco experienced a jump in 31 percent of people looking to leave the area. Likewise, California, Kansas, Illinois and Connecticut experienced a high number of exodus.
‘These recent population shifts, if real, will be short-lived and change when the pandemic subsides,” William Frey, of the Bookings Institution, told Bloomberg. “Young adult Gen Zers could find cities attractive.”
[H/T: Daily Mail]