This Is the City People Moved to Most During COVID, Study Says

You've heard a lot about the places people left, but here's where they went.

Since the pandemic began last March, among the constant coverage of safety measures and lockdown orders, there were plenty of stories about countless Americans fleeing their homes for greener pastures—particularly if they lived in big cities like New York and Chicago. But it wasn't only the suburbs or rural retreats that people turned to in their search for solace and safety during turbulent times. In fact, plenty of urban areas experienced significant population growth, according to a new study conducted by LinkedIn's Economic Graph team.

For the study released March 17, 2021, researchers calculated the "inflow-outflow ratio:"—essentially the number of people who moved in for every person that moved out—of 38 major U.S. cities from April 2020 to February 2021. They then determined the 10 cities that experienced the greatest population growth during that time period. Read on to discover the city that gained the most new residents during the pandemic, and if you are considering a move yourself, make sure you know how safe your intended destination is by checking out This Is the Most Dangerous Small Town in America, According to Data.

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Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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Gain in new residents since April 2020: 4.0 percent

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Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

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Gain in new residents since April 2020: 4.3 percent

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Kansas City, Missouri

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Gain in new residents since April 2020: 4.8 percent

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Gain in new residents since April 2020: 5.1 percent

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Tampa, Florida

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Gain in new residents since April 2020: 5.7 percent

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Cleveland, Ohio

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Gain in new residents since April 2020: 6.0 percent

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Sacramento, California

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Gain in new residents since April 2020: 6.1 percent

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Richmond, Virginia

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Gain in new residents since April 2020: 6.1 percent

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Jacksonville, Florida

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Gain in new residents since April 2020: 10.8 percent

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Salt Lake City, Utah

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Gain in new residents since April 2020: 12.3 percent

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