As many as 89,000 households have left San Francisco since March, the latest sign of an exodus spurred by the pandemic
- As many as 89,000 households have left
San Franciscosince the start of the coronaviruspandemic, according to San Francisco-based site Public Comment.
- Public Comment worked with the United States Postal Service to track requests for a change of address between March 1 and November 1, 2020.
- The data showed that 124,131 households requested a change of address during that period with at least 34,803 of those requests for moves to a different neighborhood within San Francisco.
- That means as many as 89,328 households left the city altogether. Those who left relocated to Las Vegas, Florida, the Denver region, and a city near Portland, Oregon, according to Public Comment.
As many as 89,000 households have moved out of San Francisco since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
That's according to San Francisco-based site Public Comment, which worked with the United States Postal Service to track requests for a change of address between March 1 and November 1, 2020.
The data showed that 124,131 households — which can mean an individual, a couple, or a family — requested a change of address during the seven-month period, with at least 34,803 of those requests, or 28%, for moves to a different neighborhood within San Francisco. The
Still, the data shows that as many as 89,328 households left the city altogether.
Some households relocated to neighboring areas like Marin County and Oakland. For those who decamped the
San Francisco has been one metro area most impacted by the secondary effects of the pandemic due to its high rents, home prices, and cost of living. As offices closed down and employees began working from home — some on a permanent basis — the need to live in an expensive city diminished.
Other data has shown something of an exodus from San Francisco. Housing inventory in San Francisco has risen 96% year-over-year, which means there are about twice as many homes listed for sale this year than there were last year, according to a Zillow report from August. At the same time, rents for studio apartments are decreasing: Realtor data from October showed that the median rent price in the city has decreased 30% since this time last year.
The migration out of San Francisco may be due, at least in part, to some tech companies shutting their offices and no longer requiring employees to live nearby. In August, anonymous workplace chat app Blind surveyed 3,300 tech workers about living in the Bay Area — the survey found that 15% had already left the area and 60% said they would leave if they could.
Companies like Twitter and Slack have said their employees may work from home permanently, and Facebook is allowing employees to work remotely full-time with their manager's permission. And Stripe is even incentivizing employees to move: Employees will take a pay cut for leaving New York, San Francisco, or Seattle, but they'll also reportedly receive a one-time $20,000 bonus for making the move.
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