Ever since COVID-19 hit, several people have speculated whether the country's most populated areas will be affected by residential migration. House Movers
House Movers have increased day by day.

Fewer people are seeing the benefit of living in large metropolitan cities and taking advantage of their once-reliable facilities like entertainment, great restaurants, and public transport.

Statistics have shown a significant decrease in the value of all of these commodities within the last six months.

Adding to that, the streets and public spaces' crowdedness have made it less possible to see the cities as a desirable prospect for living due to the now imminent health concerns.

This begs the question that there will be a massive shift from the cities to the suburbs? Are the once highly desired cities like Manhattan going to turn into ghost towns?

It is difficult to get a number on this at the moment since the impact of COVID has had different effects from region to region.

The nation's largest goods mover United Van Lines reported that the customers' need to move increased during the summers, though this is typically when the influx of moves is high.

Though, the company did report that COVID had a considerable role to play in this shift.

The customers who cited COVID-19 influence their decision to move listed concern for their family's and their well-being.

During these testing times, many preferred to be closer to their family as well. Others took advantage of the work from the home method of working that many businesses have now allowed.

The rest just took this as an excuse to want a lifestyle change and improve their quality of life.

The survey also found that the movers whose decisions are sparked by COVID 19 were much more likely to expedite their shift, at least by 64%, as compared to those not mentally or physically intimidated by the pandemic.

Testimonials from individuals spoke of the challenges that brought about a change in their priorities that made them decide to move during the pandemic.

A customer shared as their life slowed in pace due to the pandemic, they felt the need to reconsider what was important to their family. Many people expressed that the isolation made them crave closeness to their extended family and friends.

Another set of individuals stated that the lack of jobs is what made them decide to move locations. COVID-19 has led several people to lose their jobs, and when they could not find jobs in the city or state they were in, they decided to make the shift.

Others believed that since the majority of their family members were working from home, they could move out of the city and go to the countryside or a beach location. They believed that now was the right time to seek some solitude from the city's panic-stricken residents, who are currently broiling within the pandemic.

Of all the cities that saw move out requests, New York City and San Francisco really took the cake.

According to a recent COVID Migration Report submitted by Hire a Helper, both the cities, collectively, saw 80% more people move out of their nooks than move in. the surge in COVID cases also served as a catalyst in the moving patterns.

The two cities have reported the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases, which has prompted people to shift to cleaner natural areas to avoid being in close proximity with people.

Not only that, the cities' posh properties seem to have been impacted the most. Since the work from home option allows many to move away, the cities' posh residents decided to shift to other states, even if for a shorter span of time.

According to the New York Times, 44% more people have requested residency in suburban counties surrounding New York City, in comparison to 2019. An area like Westchester County, located north of New York City saw an increase of 112% when it came to shifting in.

Manhattan saw a rent price drop of 24% and the number of properties sold decreased by 56%.

Other densely populated states like New Mexico, Delaware, and Idaho have seen a rise in inbound migration. According to Hire Helper, Idaho saw 194% more folks moving in, than out, New Mexico saw 44% more, and Delaware saw a rise of 30%.

The Future

Nothing is too certain when it comes to the future. Different months relate different statistics, but there seems to be a high possibility that the country's smaller cities will see a surge of move-ins.

Even if COVID's grip loosens, people will still prefer to stay in the smaller cities, as 2020 has proven that they are a far safer alternative, if something like this were to hit again.

COVID has also instilled the importance of family and ignited a slightly more collectivist desire of living that would bring in an abundance of support.

Author's Bio: 

James Brendan Patterson is an American author and philanthropist. Among his works are the Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women's Murder Club, Maximum Ride, Daniel X, NYPD Red, Witch and Wizard, and Private series, as well as many stand-alone thrillers, non-fiction and romance novels