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How Covid-19 Changed American Cities, In 5 Charts

As the pandemic began, the familiar turmoil in cities across the country subsided. Los Angeles’ infamous traffic has declined, and crowded New York City subway stations have emptied. In the months that followed, some residents and workers returned, but not all.

These graphics illustrate some of the changes brought about by Covid-19 and the evolution of life in our cities.

Overall, emigration from urban areas has accelerated in the past year, with bands of people moving to suburbs and small towns. A POLITICO analysis of census data for metropolitan areas with more than one million inhabitants found that the migration pattern was not uniform. Some of the country’s most populous subways – New York, Los Angeles and Chicago among them – suffered some of the biggest losses from July 2019 to July 2020, while Sunbelt cities like Austin and Phoenix recorded growth rates. students. Tech hubs like San Francisco, San Jose, and Raleigh were also among those losing residents, in part because so many tech companies that form the economic base of these cities have switched to remote work.

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