Key Highlights

  • According to new Pew Research Center survey, 3% of US adults moved households and 6% had someone move into their household due to pandemic
  • Physical upheaval takes multiple forms for multiple ages
  • Young adults ages 18-29 moved the most

We’ve all “heard” stories about people moving due to the COVID-19 pandemic but now, due to the latest survey released by the Pew Research Center, we know that 3% of US adults have chosen to uproot themselves because of the coronavirus.

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Being more specific, the Pew Research Center found that overall 3% of US adults moved either permanently or temporarily to another place and that 6% of US adults had someone move into their home because of the COVID pandemic.

“But,” said D’Vera Cohn, a senior writer and editor with Pew, said, “many more knew someone else who had moved. So if you add up the number of adults who either knew someone who moved or moved themselves, about one in five US adults did.”

Nine percent of young adults ages 18-29 moved due to the pandemic. Asian and Hispanic adults, 7% and 6% respectively, moved more than Black or Caucasian respondents, 4% and 2% respectively.

Reasons for moving varied:

  • 28% wanted to reduce their risk of becoming infected with COVID
  • 23% had not chosen to move but their college campus closed
  • 20% wanted to be with their family
  • 8% moved because of job losses

Where did the moving adults move to?

  • 61% moved in with a family member
  • 13% moved to a second/vacation home
  • 9% either rented or purchased another place to live in

This Pew survey didn’t ask movers where they moved from or to but data from the US Postal Service from March and April indicated that NYC residents moved to South Florida, Connecticut and/or Southern California.

Pew also didn’t ask movers whether or not their move would be permanent or temporary. Cohn with the Pew Research Center said it was too soon to tell whether or not moves would be permanent. Cohn said, “It may be that some people don’t know yet because of the uncertainties about school and job work-from-home arrangements.”

 

Thanks to the Pew Research Center.

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