Two Years Into Pandemic, Domestic Migration Trends Shifted

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Domestic Outmigration From Some Urban Counties Slowed, Smaller Gains in Rural Counties

The COVID-19 pandemic changed the U.S. population in many ways, including births, deaths and international migration. One of its more intriguing impacts was on domestic migration patterns.

Some longstanding trends accelerated, such as outmigration from large urban areas in the Northeast, while other trends reversed, resulting in some small rural counties gaining rather than losing population.

Today’s release of Vintage 2022 population estimates provides a snapshot of changes in domestic migration during the first years of the pandemic.

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