When COVID-19 began spreading across the United States early last year, millions of people fled communities where they feared getting infected, or headed home from closed-down college campuses.
One-in-twenty U.S. adults said they personally moved out of where they were living either permanently or temporarily due to the COVID-19 outbreak, according to the new Pew Research Center survey conducted in November. That is somewhat higher than the 3% who said so in a survey in June.
In November, a third of U.S. adults who moved due to the pandemic cited financial problems as the most important reason they relocated. Other reasons cited in November included wanting to be near family or a partner, and the higher risk of coronavirus where they had been living.
Young adults ages 18 to 29 were more likely than any other age group in both surveys to have moved due to the outbreak. 11% said they did in the November survey. Adults in lower-income households were more likely to say they moved due to the virus than those with middle or upper incomes. Hispanic and Black adults were more likely than those who are White to say this.