Covid causing over-60s to move to rural areas

Older people have become more likely to move to the countryside whilst younger people are more often choosing to live in towns, according to the results of a survey published in Best Advice

Of 1,300 tenants who said they moved during the six months up to January 2021, the proportion of respondents aged between 60 and 75 now living in rural areas increased by 9% (from 30% to 39%).

The proportion of tenants in the same age group living in towns decreased by 7% (from 45% to 38%) and in city centres by 4% (from 7% to 3%).

Conversely, the proportion of 18–35-year-olds saying they were now renting property in towns increased by 5% (45% to 50%), with the proportion falling 2% in rural areas from 15% to 13%, and the number of 18- to 22-year-olds living in rural areas falling the sharpest (from 13% to 6%).

Overall, 29% of respondents cited the pandemic as their reason for moving, although this proportion was highest among 18–35-year-olds (35%).

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Best Advice - Covid causing over-60s to move to rural areas


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