New Report Shows Less Appetite to Leave Cities Than Many Predicted

  • July 21st 2020

by Nena Perry-Brown

18th Street in Adams Morgan. Photo by Ted Eytan.

While there has been speculation that the pandemic will motivate people to move from densely-populated areas in order to avoid being in close contact with others (and to take advantage of remote work), a new study casts doubt on that assumption.

A report from apartment rental site ApartmentList states that people were searching for a new city to live in more during the second quarter of the year (post-COVID state of emergency declarations) than during the first quarter, up to 78% from 76%. Searches fell for those looking to move to cities that are less dense than or have similar density to where they currently live. 

For DC residents, 30.5% searched for places to live in the metro area's suburbs during the second quarter of the year, down from 33.5% in the first quarter. There was also an uptick in those searching from outside the metro area looking to move to DC, up to nearly 51% from 42.3%.

However, about a third of DC residents using the site in the second quarter were searching for somewhere to live outside of the metro area, an increase from 31.3% before the pandemic. Of those looking to leave the metro area, the share looking to move to a less-dense city dropped from 59% to 54% quarter-over-quarter, and the share looking to move to a similarly-dense city increased from 40% to 45%. 

The study uses data from searches on ApartmentList between January and June 2020.

See other articles related to: apartmentlist, migration, moving, pandemic, population density

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/report-shows-less-appetite-to-abandon-cities-than-many-predicted/17093.

DC Real Estate Guides

Short guides to navigating the DC-area real estate market

We've collected all our helpful guides for buying, selling and renting in and around Washington, DC in one place. Start browsing below!