Millions of Americans relocating amid COVID-19

ABC News’ Erielle Reshef looks at the COVID-19 exodus to states like Vermont, and how it’s changing the demographics of some small towns.
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You may have seen more moving trucks harsh neighbors packing up during a pandemic actual that's because millions of Americans are relocating as campus is shut down homes are lost she and some seek more space to Rome. And in destinations like for monks locals are seeing a boom. Here's ABC's aerial Russia. This time last year making Carmichael and her young Californian family had no idea they would end up living in the woods. A Vermont Kobe was absolutely the hugest reason why we chose to leave Southern California there was rising numbers. And not a lot of precautions being taken by our neighbors and our communities so we knew we needed to go so much safer he had some available funds and decided to break her lease and buy and our knees so that we can travel safely across the country during co lead. As a self contained unit with our own bathroom and beds. After eight days and more than 3000 miles on the road they arrived in Western New York staying with family. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. And flammable yeah yeah. Powerfully. Amendment but after a socially distant visit with old friends in Vermont the young family decided to move into a rental outside Burlington. We love it I could not have expected to feel so when at home. In a place that I had never been before from my kids are overrule the amount of space that we have. The car Michaels are one of the many families who are now calling the green Mountain State home because of cove it. Working from home has really influenced a lot of smaller towns and a lot of smaller cities these are lazy is let's in the past decade really saw an exit out there's actually reverse migration back. According to a study by pew research young adults ages eighteen to 29 had been the most mobile's during the pandemic especially with colleges going online and record job losses but the next largest group were older millennia else there were a lot of people with young children should just say I can work from home. And I have cried it out Dorsey east you'll see if name a no brainer this trend comes as welcome news to Vermont state officials. We have been working for a couple years now to try to address it demographic challenge that BI. IR it is this second oldest nation and there's a workforce shortage state officials hope the pandemic may shift this State's demographics by attracting younger residents bringing in Italy and Doris Day it's. Is so great in terms of our education system we eat more students and our school systems Vermont schools are funded based on enrollment numbers so administrators say despite gain new students is beneficial Vermont has experienced. And the I know in the last ten years in her. I really don't remember it rings and encourage. It. Or Windsor central supervisory union is this small 1000 student district and usually in rolls thirty tip fifteen new students a year. This year it enrolled more than 200 with nearly half of them coming from out of state. -- tear because it help your environment. It took I don't you're able to know where woods access to the outdoors was a big drop for Alexis till the brand in Alan Richard that as far as like Arab state that. Fully values the outdoors I mean Vermont can't be beat. The Missouri natives say they had planned to move abroad but then covic a hit and with border shot and infection rates climbing in their state. They started to look elsewhere. My wife has an autoimmune. Disorders we felt like arc our governor back in Missouri was not taking things very serious with regard to the virus and so that coupled with people that just. Refuse to Wear masks and everything else in Missouri he made a pretty simple decision to head to a place where. The correct protocols were in place you know we rented you all hadn't sold a bunch of our stuff and mowed the rest into the back of it in its lead to grab three days to get here. Now Hilton brand continues to work remotely and Richard teaches. Twelve year old Lydia is in school we love that that there were some doubts because of our our young won here. You know she's a middle school but. She's driving with so many newcomers like killed the Brandt and Richard moving to the region. Local realtors say the housing market is unlike any saint they'd seen before. We had calls from so many people from out of state they aren't see things even if they couldn't get here they want us to take video sometimes it caught sight unseen. Realtors say inventory was already well before the pandemic and now the competition to buy a home is fierce you know the big box offers aren't anyone how I mean we're seeing multiple like five to ten to twelve within hours at a list so it's been pretty pretty nuts it's impossible to say is most newcomers will stay for years to come and it may not be known until a post cold it era aerial rest Jeff ABC news New York.

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