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Published: Jul 31, 2020 5 min read

With no clear end to the coronavirus pandemic in sight, young Americans who made temporary moves in March and April are now thinking about more permanent housing options.

A new Money/Morning Consult poll shows that 39% of 18 to 34 year olds say they are considering moving out of their current home in the next year. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in a typical year about 29% of people in this age group move, compared to 15% of the broader population. Mobility tends to go down in an economic downturn, but the pandemic appears to be radically altering this trend.

Money and Morning Consult conducted a national survey of 2,200 adults in mid-July. We asked about recent or upcoming housing decisions such as buying a home, moving out of a residence, or refinancing a mortgage. We also looked at what extent current events are impacting American’s thoughts about moving.