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People Moving Due to Covid-19


The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things in this country, and according to a poll from Pew Research Center, people's addresses are one of them.

In fact, nearly a fifth of all adults in this country moved as a result of the pandemic, or know someone who did.

Millions of these moves are a statistical no-brainer, such as college students who were booted from their dorms when the lockdowns began, though others moved because they felt their residences were unsafe, or they lived in housing they couldn't afford following the disease's negative impact on jobs.

The survey of 9,654 U.S. adults that was conducted in early June further revealed that of the adults who moved, 28% did so to reduce their risk of getting the virus. Twenty-three percent blamed the move on their college dorms closing, and 20% said they did so to be with family.

Eighteen percent say the move was financial: 8% had to move because of a job loss, while 10% say it was for other monetary reasons.

Additionally, 61% of adults who moved said they've relocated to a family member's home. Of those, 41% moved in with their parents or in-laws, 4% moved in with an adult child or in-law, and 16% who moved in with another relative.

Thirteen percent of those who moved chose to stay at their second or vacation home, 7% are staying with a friend, and a further 7% percent relocated to a hotel or temporary homes and apartments.

Nine percent of those who moved rented or purchased a new home.

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