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Press Release

Cleveland Fed Researcher Presents New Findings on Migration Patterns During the Pandemic

Cleveland Fed researcher Stephan Whitaker will present new findings from his analysis of migration patterns during the pandemic in a special FedTalk program on Thursday, March 25, 2021, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET.

At the program, open to the general public, Whitaker will discuss:

  • This report, which finds the real story behind the widely reported flight of residents from urban neighborhoods during the pandemic.
  • Where people are heading when they leave urban neighborhoods or high-cost metros.
  • Migration patterns related to COVID-19 deaths, business closures, homebuying, age and income.
  • In addition, Whitaker will present new findings from soon-to-be-published research. This will include estimates of how many people have already migrated from high-cost regions to lower-cost metros and small metros, towns and rural areas during the pandemic.

Advance registration is required. The online webinar is available beginning at noon ET. Audience Q&A will follow the presentation.

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland is one of 12 regional Reserve Banks that along with the Board of Governors in Washington DC comprise the Federal Reserve System. Part of the US central bank, the Cleveland Fed participates in the formulation of our nation’s monetary policy, supervises banking organizations, provides payment and other services to financial institutions and to the US Treasury, and performs many activities that support Federal Reserve operations System-wide. In addition, the Bank supports the well-being of communities across the Fourth Federal Reserve District through a wide array of research, outreach, and educational activities.

The Cleveland Fed, with branches in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, serves an area that comprises Ohio, western Pennsylvania, eastern Kentucky, and the northern panhandle of West Virginia.

Media contact

Doug Campbell,, 513.218.1892