City life may be losing its shine

Updated 11 hours ago

As many start to realize that the COVID-19 pandemic will likely last for years, not months, some are beginning to rethink city living altogether. Some 40% of respondents in a recent Harris poll said they are considering ditching the city, in favor of less dense suburbs and rural areas. A virus-fueled urban exodus would only pile on to an existing trend away from cities, according to Brookings Institution. Large U.S. metro areas had already seen slowing population growth, and even net losses, before the pandemic. (Bonus reading: CityLab’s series on the benefits and risks of urban living in the time of COVID-19.)