posted on Apr, 23 2021 @ 07:27 AM
Not much mystery behind this phenomenon, at least here in the US (there might more strangeness and mystery to this in other areas).
It's attributable to what AarghZombies said. The pandemic put the fear of God into the masses, terrified them, frightened them, however you want to
say it, and most especially those living in large urban areas.
There was a point last year, IIRC, where there was talk/rumors of quarantining some urban areas like NYC. Seemed like the most draconian and
ridiculous thing imaginable (it would take even a larger force than the 20k security detail assigned to D.C. recently), and it'd be virtually
impossible to restrict all movement in/out. But I distinctly remember there being news reports, something to the effect of "no plans for quarantining
NYC (for now)". I think the possibility of being locked inside of an urban area in the midst of virulent disease outbreak terrified many people, and
woke them the F up.
Oh, and there was also just that minor detail of "mostly peaceful burning, looting, pillaging, mob-fueled pandemonium" that swept across nearly every
large city in the country. As if people didn't have enough incentive to move out of cities. The BLM/Antifa crime wave last year was the final nail in
the coffin for many who'd been on the fence about continuing to live in large urban areas.
So what happened next? At least here in metro NYC, as 2020 progressed, the gates opened up, and those with any ability to relocate and had geographic
mobility, high tailed it out of town.
Living here in Connecticut, the increases in NY and NJ license plates moving about our town is staggering. We've had a huge influx of people moving
here from the 5 boroughs, Northern NJ and Westchester county. Anecdotally, our little league had record enrollment at certain age groups this year,
and if I'm understanding right, the number of teams in one of the younger age divisions nearly doubled from like 5-6 to 10. So record turnout in the
midst of a pandemic. That tells me that there was a huge increase in net population of 8-12 year olds in this area.
So once you come to terms with this demographic shift (people exiting big cities en masse), it then becomes a simple matter of supply and demand.
Around here, new home construction is pretty stable/slow, but the folk looking to move here dramatically increased. Free market economics at work:
house prices blew up.