Discussion Paper

Shifting Populations: Results From 2021 Census Estimates

Abstract: When the COVID-19 pandemic first began in the United States in 2020, many workers started working full time from home. The expansion of remote work allowed a growing number of people to see a future in which where they worked and where they lived did not have to be one in the same. As workers became less tethered to their offices in big cities, stories emerged, including from our own outreach, of workers moving away from urban cores in favor of more rural areas. But do the stories align with what the data tell us?

Keywords: Census; urban; rural; population trends; Maryland; West Virginia; Virginia; North Carolina; South Carolina;

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Bibliographic Information

Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Part of Series: Regional Matters

Publication Date: 2022-06-09