According to a July survey by the Pew Research Center, about one-fifth of Americans have moved (or know someone who has moved) as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Respondents named many different reasons for moving. Some feared they would get sick if they stayed where they were living, while others wanted to move closer to their families. But ultimately, their goal was the same: get up and go somewhere different.
For many people, this means hightailing it out of the city. New Yorkers, for instance, left the city in droves (tens of thousands, to be exact) within just the first week of lockdown.
And now, with nearly 70% of people working from home, fewer and fewer people are tied to the cities where their jobs are located. As a result, many have found it easier than ever before to start over in a completely new area — one without the hustle and bustle of a major city.
So, why exactly are so many people swapping out urban living for something a little less fast-paced? Let’s take a look at the 5 biggest perks drawing Americans to live outside big cities.
1. More room for family, friends, and activities
For New Yorkers, the pandemic was just the straw that broke the camel’s back. City-dwellers had been searching for more space years before the novel coronavirus struck — the pandemic just gave them the final push needed to move.
If you’ve ever lived in a small apartment or shared a space with countless roommates, you know what it’s like to feel crowded. Trading in expensive for expansive can be just the thing you need to ease your mind and open you to the possibilities of truly loving where you live.
Dinner parties on the patio under a starry sky? Joining the kids (and their friends) for a movie night on a huge, pillowy sectional sofa? It’s hard to miss the concrete jungle when you’re running around on acres of land that you can call your own.
2. Find the great outdoors
Speaking of getting outside, many people that leave cities for more rural ways of life do so because they just miss the great outdoors. Even before the pandemic, people had started seeking to return to nature — something they’d desperately missed when living in urban areas.
Now, Americans are getting in touch with their roots and exploring all the beauty their country has to offer. They’re replacing people-watching with birdwatching and their daily commute with daily hikes.
After all, there’s something magical about having a breathtaking, scenic view just outside your window.
3. Social distance with ease
According to the United Nations, an astounding 90% of global reported COVID-19 cases are concentrated in urban areas. It’s no wonder that many people fleeing major cities like New York, Boston, and Los Angeles are doing so in search of safer ground.
And how often have you thought back to the days when stepping out your front door was a relief — not a source of stress? In the pandemic era, crowded lots and densely populated city blocks make preventative measures like social distancing a delicate dance.
We’d all feel much more comfortable seeing one or two neighbors at the grocery store than passing by hundreds of strangers (and in a big city, that’s likely to happen just on the walk over!). Leaving the urban scene for a small neighborhood — and smaller population — makes keeping you and your family safe that much easier.
4. Take a chance on change
After years spent in the big city, the bright lights and sleepless nights can become more stressful than exciting.
Have you ever thought about taking that big risk you’ve always dreamed of? Now may be the best opportunity you’ve ever had to just go for it — to stop considering a change in pace and actually do it. You may find that settling into a new neighborhood was just what you needed to be reminded of how exciting life can be.
5. Peace (of mind) and quiet
The reality is that city living can be strenuous and sometimes exhausting — especially for families. Getting away from the nonstop action and fast-paced culture of urban life can provide some much-needed R&R.
Ready to make the move?
If you’re looking to take the plunge and trade in city lights for twinkling stars, you’re not alone! But with the world at your fingertips, you may not know where to start the search for your new home.
Spicewood Trails offers all the best of the great outdoors and the perfect space to build your forever home. When you join this welcoming hill country community, you have the option to bring your own builder or select from our featured builders and construct your dream home whenever you’re ready.
Featuring acre lots and carefully planned distancing, Spicewood Trials perfectly balances nature, comfort and security.
Visit spicewoodtrails.com or call 866-675-1255 to learn more.