The pandemic is often mentioned as the impetus for stronger-than-usual migration patterns throughout the US. Placer.ai’s recent Domestic Migration Trends report, however, suggests that most of these trends were already in place and that the pandemic might have accelerated them to some degree.

“The sudden option to work from home also led to questions about where people would live if commuting to an office was no longer a necessity,” according to its report. “Many assumed that there would be a mass exodus from cities as people, feeling constrained by lockdowns, would seek outdoor space.”

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