The current restrictions have turned things upside down for many working Americans. Some had to create a home office and work from there for the first time, while others had to move to another city permanently or temporarily. Regardless of the type of change, it’s clear that the pandemic affected US citizens’ everyday lives in many ways.
The outbreak and the following restrictions got Americans thinking about relocating. Recent reports suggested that some thought about moving to less populated areas, leaving behind vast and crowded cities such as New York City or Los Angeles. Less densely populated areas were also a target to potential movers thanks to the fact that they can bounce back from the pandemic’s adverse economic effects.
Also, experts analyzed thousands of moving surveys to see which cities were preferred by those who want to relocate. The data indicated that commercial movers NYC had a surge of requests from people asking for long-distance relocations. Here are the cities that Americans want to start a new life and a new home once the outbreak is over.
1. Bloomington, Illinois
Bloomington is a dream place for those who want to work from home, as the share of jobs regarding home offices is close to 40%. Plus, almost 80% of households spend less than 35% of their income on housing. It’s no wonder that digital entrepreneurs and nomads choose this city without hesitation.
2. Fargo, North Dakota
Fargo has an unemployment rate of 5% among metro areas, placing it at the nation’s 19th spot. The city is not just for those who want to work from home. It’s an excellent place for commuters, too, the travel to and from work won’t take more than three hours and 15 minutes, considering the top 30 shortest commutes.
3. Champaign, Illinois
Another metro area from Illinois. Champaign’s unemployment rate is still exemplary among US metro areas, standing at 7% from 3.2% in February. Large families will love this city, as it has $17,000+ in spending per pupil, considering elementary and secondary schools.
4. Ames, Iowa
Ames remains an attractive metro area due to its low unemployment rate, standing at 4.5%. Companies find it desirable, too, thanks to its pool of highly-skilled workers, as close to 50% of the residents here who are a least 25 years old have a bachelor’s or higher degree.
5. Lincoln, Nebraska
Lincoln has an excellent unemployment rate at 4.8%, making it the eighth-lowest among US metro areas. Plus, close to 75% of households don’t spend more than 31% of their income on housing.
6. Cheyenne, Wyoming
Considering all US metro areas, Cheyenne has the 18th lowest population density, and it has one of the shortest weekly commutes to and from work in the nation: 2 hours and 50 minutes.
7. Madison, Wisconsin
Digital workers will love Madison, as close to 45% of jobs could be done from a home office. This is considered a higher share than in many other metro areas in the US. The unemployment rate stands at 5.9% as of July.
8. Rochester, New York
Rochester is a great destination with big families, thanks to its affluent school districts, as they spend close to $25,000 per pupil, both in elementary and secondary public schools. Those who wish to work from a home office will have a great time here, as nearly 40% of all jobs could be done from home.
9. Lansing, Michigan
Lansing is another excellent place for those who wish to work from home full-time, as 41% of jobs can be done from a home office. It’s also a great place as the cost of living is close to 9% lower than the US average.
10. Grand Forks, North Dakota
Close to 40% of people aged 25 and over have at least one higher education degree in Grand Forks. Moreover, this metro area has one of the shortest weekly commutes in the nation.