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Texas has seen population gains since 2019, while California has seen a slight decline

White Paper: Pandemic’s Impact on Migration Less Than Expected 

The pandemic may not have been nearly as big of a catalyst for movement as anticipated, foot traffic analytics firm Placer.ai says in a new white paper. Although some cities saw people move away, many stayed close by, moving to nearby suburbs. Furthermore, much of the internal U.S. migration over the past two years followed trends already in place pre-pandemic.  

The white paper notes that cities and states whose popularity was rising pre-COVID continued to grow, while some more stagnant areas experienced declines. Florida, Texas, and Arizona saw their populations increase by 2% to 4% since 2019, while New York and California saw declines of 1% to 2%. 

Neighborhoods can create their own economic and residential reality, the white paper states. Ultra-local migration doesn’t always follow the patterns of the wider region. “For example, Fulton Market in Chicago is growing fast, even as Illinois’ population somewhat declines,” according to Placer.ai.  

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