"2020 has made Americans realize just how much power their local governments have over their way of life," said Redfin chief economist
Forty-two percent of respondents would be hesitant to move to an area where most people have political views different from their own, up from 32% in June. And 24% would want to move to a different state if the Supreme Court were to increase states' rights with respect to health care, gun laws, etc.
Broken down by political affiliation, 32% of Trump voters said their local government's response to the coronavirus pandemic has made them want to move away from where they currently live or change where they want to move to. That's compared with 23% of Biden voters.
School shutdowns are also impacting where people want to live. Nineteen percent of survey respondents said school shutdowns have made them want to move away from where they currently live or change where they want to move to. Seventeen percent of respondents say school shutdowns have made them like where they live more.
Most Americans don't want to move to a big city
Fifty-three percent of Americans are uncomfortable with the idea of moving to a big city, up from 39% before the pandemic, according to the same survey. On the flip side, 25% of respondents are comfortable with the idea of moving to a big city, down from 36% pre-pandemic.
"I've seen a lot of folks moving to Albuquerque and its surrounding areas from big coastal cities since the start of the pandemic because they no longer want to live in crowded, dense places," said Albuquerque Redfin agent
To read the full report, including graphs and methodology, please visit: https://www.redfin.com/news/local-pandemic-response-americans-move.
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