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Remote Work Is Causing A Mass Exodus From Cities, Survey Says
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many people to work from home, bringing a new work revelation for employees that there’s some flexibility in where they work.
As some cities began easing up on restrictions, working from home is likely here to stay.
A new study released by Upwork, a freelancing platform, surveyed more than 20,000 Americans and found that between 14 and 23 million people plan to relocate to a different city due to remote work. Combined with those who are moving regardless of remote work, near-term migration rates maybe three to four times what they normally are, according to the “Remote Workers on the Move” survey.
“As our survey shows, many people see remote work as an opportunity to relocate to where they want and where they can afford to live,” said Adam Ozimek, the chief economist at Upwork. “This is an early indicator of the much larger impacts that remote work could have in increasing economic efficiency and spreading opportunity.”
According to the survey, 20 percent of respondents that are planning to move live in a major city. Roughly 12 percent live in the suburbs.
One motivator for respondents is cheaper housing. More than 50 percent are planning to move to cheaper accommodation than their current place of residence.