28% of People who Moved This Year did so to Avoid Catching Covid

A total of 15.9 million people moved between February and July this year, according to MyMove, a platform that provides information for people who submit a change of address with the United States Postal Service (USPS).

As coronavirus wreaked havoc across the nation, people’s reasons for moving no doubt varied. However, by analyzing data from USPS and a Pew Research Center survey of 10,000 U.S. adults conducted in July, MyMove was able to draw some conclusions about why many people moved.

“About a quarter (28 percent) told us [they chose to move] because they feared getting COVID-19 if they stayed where they were living,” D’Vera Cohn, senior writer and editor for Pew who published the study findings, told MyMove.

“About a fifth (20 percent) said they wanted to be with their family, or their college campus closed (23 percent),” Cohn added. “A total of 18 percent gave financial reasons, including job loss.”

Data from USPS shows that most of these moves are likely just temporary — permanent moves were up 4 percent from the same time last year, and temporary moves were up by 27 percent from one year ago.

Courtesy of: Inman

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