The pandemic’s influence on US migration

An analysis by the New York Times of U.S. migration patterns reveals that most of the pandemic’s effect on moving had to do with movements from large metros to smaller ones. Aside from this trend, migration patterns in 2020 resembled those that had been forming over the last several years: namely that cities largely in the South and Southeast continued seeing net growth while more expensive metros in the West and Northeast saw an outflux. The pandemic undeniably changed how people work and live, which will have long-lasting impacts on communities throughout the country. As remote work has made some areas more accessible to workers, real estate demand has also spread out, which should create a more dispersed, geographically balanced industry.