Three Upstate NY Cities Land on List of Best Places to Move Post-Coronavirus
There's nothing quite like a mandatory stay at home orders to make a person question whether or not they picked the right place to live is there?
Maybe you were quarantined in a tiny apartment filled with loads of noisy neighbors and no place to stretch your legs and you've had enough. You want out.
If that thought has crossed your mind, there's no reason to be ashamed. As a matter of fact, you're completely normal. According to a Harris Poll, about a third of all Americans said that being forced to stay home really made them think that maybe they should look into moving to an area less populated than where they currently are.
Business Insider was motivated to find the very best cities for a person to move to following quarantine. Business Insider used a very specific formula, looking at "nine different economic, educational, and demographic metrics from government data sources and academic research."
Sounds confusing right? Maybe this will make more sense. According to Business Insider, the focused on, "pre-coronavirus unemployment rate, ability to work from home, population density, housing affordability, monthly household costs, cost of living, weekly two-way work commute, total elementary- and secondary school spending per student, and share of residents age 25 and over who have at least a bachelor's degree."
Taking the number one spot for the best place for a person to move is Springfield, Illinois. According to Business Insider, "Springfield's pre-coronavirus unemployment rate was 3.5%, equivalent to the national rate, and 42.9% jobs could be done from home, the 16th-highest share among metro areas."
Like the idea of moving, but don't want to go as far away as Springfield? There were a couple of places in New York that made the list. Rochester took the number seven spot with Business Insider saying, "The Rochester metro area school district with the most students enrolled spends a total of $24,943 per pupil in elementary and secondary public schools...And 39.3% of jobs could be done from home, a higher share than in most metro areas."
Sliding in at number 19 on the list is Ithaca. Business Insider explains their choice of Ithaca, "Ithaca has the seventh-highest total spending per student in elementary and secondary public schools...The metro area also has the sixth-largest share of residents with a bachelor's degree or higher, at 51.9%."
Just behind Ithaca at number 21 on the list is Syracuse where, "Syracuse's pre-coronavirus unemployment rate was 3.4%, close to the national rate in February. Syracuse is also among the 100 metro areas with the highest share of jobs that could be done from home, at 38%."