Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, Urbanites Are Eyeing the Suburbs

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Increased time inside close quarters during the coronavirus pandemic is causing some urbanites to consider moving toward the suburbs, a recent survey shows. Researchers at the Harris Poll – a firm of social scientists and strategists – conducted an online survey of 2,050 U.S. adults nationwide from April 25 to 27 that asked, among other coronavirus-related questions, whether they would consider moving to less-populated areas once the pandemic ended.


Nearly 40% of U.S. adults living in urban areas indicated they would consider moving “out of populated areas and toward rural areas,” compared to 29% of overall respondents. And 43% of urbanites – a significantly higher percentage than of suburban (26%) and rural (21%) residents – said they’d recently browsed real estate websites such as Zillow, Redfin and for homes or apartments to rent or buy.

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