A new report has revealed that more than half of America’s biggest cities experienced a loss in population over the course of the pandemic.
The demographics show a new exodus from more populated areas to the suburbs and southern states in a sign researchers say is a shift based on the COVID-19 pandemic.
The two fastest-growing cities in the report were Georgetown and Leander, both suburbs of Austin, Texas. Both grew by 10%. New Braunfels, a town between Austin and San Antonio, also made the list with 8.6% growth.
Sun Belt cities were among the fastest-growing large cities in the nation, as more Americans head south. In addition to Texas cities, Phoenix, Arizona, and Port St. Lucie, Florida, made the list.
Outside of warmer climates, Boise, Idaho, ranked high in growth, citing movers from California, Oregon and Washington.
In addition to pandemic attitudes, there may be a correlation between areas with strict COVID-19 lockdowns and those without. California dropped in population, with New York also losing residents. Florida, Texas and Arizona all ranked near the top, each ranking among the states with the fewest lockdown measures.
The report in important, as population also helps determine future congressional districts, leading to potential political shifts as well. Check out the full video for more on this new and important development.