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Fri Mar 5, 2021, 03:58 AM

Exodus: Bay Area migration accelerated in recent months

The Covid pandemic has provided ample time for life re-assessment, and in the Bay Area, that’s meant moving.

Migrations out of the region jumped during the health crisis, with a 30 percent increase in people moving out of San Francisco compared to 2019, according to a new study by the California Policy Lab at UC Berkeley and UCLA.

The flow of new people into the Bay Area — stymied by travel and safety restrictions — continued a pre-pandemic trend of lagging. The study did not measure foreign migrations, which historically have been a source of population growth for the region.

“While a mass exodus from California clearly didn’t happen in 2020, the pandemic did change some historical patterns,” said Natalie Holmes, the author of the report and a research fellow at California Policy Lab. The number of people leaving the Bay Area and California spiked during the last three months of the year.

Read more: https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2021/03/04/covid-economy-bay-area-residents-exit-region-growing-numbers-jobs-tech/

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