Many experts have predicted an urban exodus as a result of the pandemic, but so far the data doesn’t support that theory. According to the latest research from Apartment List, the opposite is actually true. When comparing pre- and post-pandemic migration patterns, there has been an increase in moves to dense urban markets. In Los Angeles, users looking to move to the metro increased from 16.6% before the pandemic to 18.4% during the pandemic. In addition, fewer users were looking to relocate outside of the metro.

“As rents drop, the motif of ‘remote workers leaving cities for suburbs’ has dominated the conversation, but in reality it’s only one of a few different migration patterns happening right now,” Rob Warnock of Apartment List tells “Also represented in our data are people who already live in cities and are looking to get a better deal locally, as well as renters who are now looking at cities that previously may have felt prohibitively expensive. All together, no single pattern stands out overwhelmingly, although it becomes clear to us that an all-out rejection of density isn’t taking place at the national scale.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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