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Is Coronavirus Causing an Escape to the Burbs?

Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C. are just some of the crowded cities that are seeing a new pattern of homeownership develop due to the coronavirus pandemic. More and more families, who once loved city life are headed to the suburbs. 

Are City Dwellers Escaping the Major Hubs? 

According to a May 2020 report in the New York Times, statistics show that between March 15 and April 28 of this year, moves from New York City to the suburbs of Connecticut increased 74 percent over the same period a year ago. They also report that moves from the Big Apple to NJ were up, while relocation to Long Island also increased 48 percent.

While this is only one example of one city, the trend seems to be the same across the country. Families are moving out of cramped cities in search of an area with more space and a sense of security. 

What Factors Are Causing the Migration Out of the Cities? 

The reasoning behind this trend may be rooted in the upheaval of daily life that our nation has experienced due to the stay-at-home orders for many major cities. For example, many city dwellers at once considered living in the heart of the city a perk. Living close to work cut down on the daily commute and the need to invest in a vehicle. 

Now, many businesses that were forced to shift to an all remote workforce have found that this manner of  working is actually going better than expected. In fact, many companies will allow it to continue for positions where it is feasible. This means that more and more former city-lovers are able to look beyond city life. 

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Another factor causing this shift of population to the burbs includes some of the high risk components of public transit. Many people who work and live in the city, as stated earlier, do not have their own transportation but rather rely on public transit to get them where they need to go. Standing shoulder-to-shoulder on a subway or bus is a high risk activity in regard to the transmission of the coronavirus. Therefore, many families who once lived in the city will need to consider investing in their own transportation and parking spaces. This could translate in the need to move further back from the city. 

Yet another factor driving the move to the suburbs is the thought of what may happen to schools in the fall. City schools tend to be more crowded and have a higher teacher-to-student ratio. Families of school age children may be looking to cut the risk by finding a suburb where the class sizes are smaller and remote instruction may fare better. 

Is your family considering a move from Boston to another area? Mastodon Moving can provide safe and efficient moving even during this unprecedented time. Our team has been moving individuals and families throughout this pandemic. We have instituted safety measures that you can visibly see from masks and protective equipment, to hand washing and cleaning of our trucks. Talk to our moving specialists today to book a move for your family. 

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