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People Moving Out of Big Cities

A good chunk of residents are moving from coronavirus hot spot states and would voluntarily pack up and move out to areas not as crippled by the virus a new survey says.  Those who want out – spread-out suburbanites want to hit the road, too are not only city slickers either.

The new, national survey of 1,000 Americans reveals a large percentage of residents living in the ten states with the most Covid-19 cases would consider moving – even though many have lived in their state for more than twenty years, or even their whole lives. The states with the most coronavirus cases are New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Illinois, California, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Louisiana, Connecticut, and Florida.  

The survey, commissioned by Our Town America, the nation’s leading new mover marketing franchise, reveals:

  • More than 40% of folks polled say they’d consider moving because they live in a coronavirus hot spot state. More than half polled live in the suburbs and more than 30% live in the city.
  • Of those who would move, more than 1/2 (53%) say they say they would move to an area of the country less affected by the coronavirus for peace of mind (44%) and because there’s less chance of a resurgence of coronavirus (40%).   Some also say it’s important to live somewhere their kids will be able to start school sooner.
  • When would they move? Nearly 1 in 5 (19%) say they’re ready to move NOW – as quickly as possible.  More than 3 in 5 (64%) say they’d want to move by the end of the year.The new survey of 1000 American adults from the 10 hotspot states reveals a country shell-shocked by Covid-19.
  • Folks are most worried about their families, health, and finances.  More than 1/3 (35%) say they or someone in their family lost work or a job. And almost half (46%) say they want better mental health. Those with kids also ranked their children’s well-being as a top worry.
  • The South Atlantic states rank as the top areas people would move to right now– states on the east coast from Florida up to Delaware.  (DE, MD, DC, VA, NC, SC, WV, FL)
  • More than 1 in 4 (28%) eager to move say they’d move to a warmer climate. More than 1/2 (53%) of those folks say warm weather is better for their physical and mental health and more than 1 in 6 (17%) believe the virus has less chance of spreading in warmer temperatures.*Our Town America is the source for this survey*This online survey of 1,000 American men and women was conducted by a third party and commissioned by Our Town America*Survey participants have no affiliation with Our Town America 

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Sue Baxter