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Coronavirus prompted Americans to flee big cities: Here's where they went
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The coronavirus pandemic triggered an exodus from the country's most densely populated areas, particularly New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, according to a new report.
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According to U-Haul, which analyzed migration trends in 2020, those once-thriving areas have seen an overwhelming demand for one-way rentals, indicating that droves of do-it-yourself movers were looking to escape to less-crowded destinations.
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In looking for more space amid the ongoing pandemic, a number of Americans found themselves in neighboring states such as Connecticut or Nevada. However, others have escaped even farther to Texas, Utah, Virginia, Maryland and Florida, according to the data.
Do-it-yourself moves kicked off in April, during the height of lockdown orders. However rentals for one-way U-Haul trucks began to rise with each passing month, the company said.
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From March through June, the 30 most populated U.S. cities all "witnessed more U-Haul trucks departing than arriving," according to the report.