How Americans are moving during the pandemic

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Unpacking the numbers: Contrary to claims of a mass migration over the last few months, available data suggests that, actually, fewer people moved since the beginning of stay-at-home orders through June than in a typical year. Those who did, though, paint an interesting picture of Americans' geographic response to Covid-19.

CityLab's Marie Patino analyzed numbers from moving companies and real estate aggregators to better understand which cities those people left, where they're moving to during the pandemic, and why. For one thing, most didn't relocate for Covid-related reasons. Nor were they trying to "flee" cities, contradicting the narrative of a mass urban exodus. Some cities like New York and San Francisco did in fact see more out-migration than most others, but guess where many of those people went? Today on CityLab: What We Actually Know About Where Americans Are Moving During Covid

-Linda Poon

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