As the COVID-19 pandemic stretches on, large-scale return to offices keeps getting postponed and venues that normally make cities with a high cost of living attractive—restaurants, world-class museums, concert venues—either remain shuttered or are operating at greatly reduced capacity. When and how life in U.S.’ biggest cities will return to normal will likely depend in large part on whether there is a quick and successful vaccine rollout in the coming months. In the meantime, many people who can afford to do so are taking advantage of the current remote working situation to move from cities with a high cost of living like New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles to smaller metros where life is more affordable, including Indianapolis and Columbus. To track where Americans might be moving right now, Mynd Investor Services, using its own data plus data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Precisely and local County Recorders & Assessors Offices, put together a study of 20 metros with the highest home price growth in 2020.
In the following gallery, we take a look at what those metros are.