Subscribe Now

travelers today

Home » Travel Tips

COVID-19 Will Affect Migration Patterns in the Future, but How?

Travelers Today       By    Staff Reporter

Updated: Jul 27, 2020 04:03 PM EDT

Text Size: A A A

COVID-19 Will Affect Migration Patterns in the Future, but How?

(Photo: unsplash)

You know that saying, the grass is always greener on the other side? For millions of people, the idea of relocating is quite appealing. Some people might relocate for better job prospects or to be closer to family. Whatever the case may be, folks are looking at their options. Sometimes people want to have a change of pace (especially if they're going to the suburbs and from the city) or a lower cost of living where you can get more bang for your buck.

For example, Texas has a low cost of living. You can buy a new construction starter house for less than $130,000 in some areas of the state. Yet, if you were to look for a similar starter home in California, you can expect to spend nearly three times as much! If someone is living in New York, they're looking at a new construction starter home starting at $300,000... Depending on what part of New York you're looking at.

California and New York are costly states to live in and in light of the pandemic where 15.5% of Californians and 14.5% of New Yorkers are unemployed. (as of April 2020). California's median household income is around $75,200 per year and New York's median household income is $83,3000 per year, losing one's job due to the pandemic is devastating! For those who are living off of their savings, their money will go a lot further in a place like Texas than if they stayed where they are.

But, the big question is how will the pandemic affect interstate migration going forward? Will people continue to relocate to states that are more affordable? 

Migration and infection

In an article posted on The Hill, Dr. Fauci said, "Whenever you loosen mitigation, you can expect you'll see new infections; I think it would be unrealistic to think that you won't." With that said, Governor Greg Abbot ended the air travel restrictions that were previously placed on individuals from several states and cities on temporary quarantine. 

People moving from California (149K confirmed cases) and New York (383K confirmed cases), feel that by moving to areas with smaller populations, they're decreasing the likelihood of contracting the coronavirus. Unfortunately, if the southern states continue to see a spike in confirmed cases, stricter migration restrictions could be put in place - especially in cities with dense populations.

More single-family homes

Speaking of dense populations, people and families are moving away from densely populated areas in favor of quieter, less-dense areas. As more people look for single-family homes with a big yard, the housing inventory is likely to diminish considerably. With that, you can expect to meet sellers who won't budge on their asking price. You may even encounter heated bidding wars!

Political ramifications

Politics is a nasty game that we cannot get away from and with hundreds of thousands of people moving to the south or midwest, which are red states, politics can change dramatically. However, since many people seem to be moving from largely democratic cities, there's a possibility of those states turning blue or a swing state at the very least. The political climate could change as a result and the policies could change along with it. For some, this would be a welcome change while others may protest. 

Migration in a post-COVID-19 world

There will always be a need for housing, regardless if we're in a pandemic or a financial crisis. It's understandable for people who live in expensive states such as California, New Jersey and New York to go somewhere that's more affordable. 

COVID-19 has thrown a wrench in the cogs, especially for those wanting to move to the Lone Star state. However, as the nation starts to get to "normal," you can expect to see folks, both Texas natives and out-of-staters, move to suburban areas for a quieter, and perhaps safer, way of life.

For more on COVID-19 and real estate, check out HomeLight's Top Agent Insights Survey from Q2!

 

See Now: The U.S. had the highest number of Most Wanted properties, dominating the Hotels.com Loved By Guests Awards 2018

© 2021 Traverlers Today, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Join Our Conversation

Subscribe to our newsletter

Receive the latest travel news, reviews, and more..

Most Popular

How to Make an Old Car Feel Like New Again

How to Make an Old Car Feel Like New Again

Those who enjoy long road trips put a lot of stock in the

6 Tips for Planning the Perfect African Safari Trip

6 Tips for Planning the Perfect African Safari Trip

For the perfect safari trip, plan in advance, pac

Must-See Places That Makes US a Tourist Paradise

Must-See Places That Makes US a Tourist Paradise

The United States of America is a popular tourist de

Breathtaking Places to Travel Before you Die

Breathtaking Places to Travel Before you Die

A life well-traveled is a life well-lived, for memories

13 Ancient Egyptian Symbols and Their Meanings

13 Ancient Egyptian Symbols and Their Meanings

There are various historically significant Egyptian sy

Air Travel Tips for the Self Employed

Air Travel Tips for the Self Employed

2020 was the year that the COVI-19 pandemic impacted the world'

Common Travel Document Mistakes and How To Avoid Them

Common Travel Document Mistakes and How To Avoid Them

Traveling is fun, but not when your documents a

Supplements for Vegan Moms Who Love to Travel

Supplements for Vegan Moms Who Love to Travel

It's probably safe to say that we all want to stay safe

6 Things to Do in Pigeon Forge

6 Things to Do in Pigeon Forge

Who doesn't enjoy trekking through lush green forests, inhaling fresh

Six Exotic American Family Vacation Destinations

Six Exotic American Family Vacation Destinations

America has so much to offer in terms of travel dest

How to Apply for a Canadian Tourist Visa

How to Apply for a Canadian Tourist Visa

Canada’s borders are expected to open on May 21! Find out

How To Help Your Dog Overcome Fear Of Flying

How To Help Your Dog Overcome Fear Of Flying

Travelling with your dog not only strengthens the trust

The 5 Safest Cars to Take Across the Country

The 5 Safest Cars to Take Across the Country

These days, the only traveling we can look forward to is

The 6 Best Places to Travel on a Motorcycle

The 6 Best Places to Travel on a Motorcycle

Motorcycles, while fun and exhilarating to ride, are noto

Why You Should Get Travel Insurance Before Your Next Vacation

Why You Should Get Travel Insurance Before Your Next Vacation

Taking a break from your day-to-day lif

How to Travel while Practicing Social Distancing

How to Travel while Practicing Social Distancing

Chances are you’ve been affected by the COVID-19 p

Will I need an approved ETIAS to travel to France?

Will I need an approved ETIAS to travel to France?

France is known for its beautiful culture and natu

8 Tips to Stay Healthy While Traveling

8 Tips to Stay Healthy While Traveling

Studies show that travel can improve our health. These benefit

A Guide to Packing Fashionably in One Suitcase

A Guide to Packing Fashionably in One Suitcase

One of the biggest problems with vacations and traveli

9 Offline Games To Play During Long Flights

9 Offline Games To Play During Long Flights

Long flights can be boring in most cases, but we know the

Why You Should Head to the U.S. East Coast

Why You Should Head to the U.S. East Coast

From coast to coast America has incredible towns and beaut

Best Places to Visit in Denver While Driving Around

Best Places to Visit in Denver While Driving Around

Denver's outdoorsy vibe is best experienced on a

Top Tourist Attractions in Seattle: Parking Options

Top Tourist Attractions in Seattle: Parking Options

From its breathtaking natural attractions to the

travelers today

© 2021 TRAVELERS TODAY All rights reserved.

Subscribe to our newsletter
Real Time Analytics