Work-from-home tripled during pandemic

Younger, wealthier, better-educated Americans migrated to home-based work at unprecedented speed.
Image credit: David Mulder, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

The number of Americans who worked from home more than tripled over the first two years of the coronavirus pandemic, a shift that has altered the economy and geography of urban business districts and small towns alike.

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows the number of people who reported working from home skyrocketed from 5.7 million in 2019, the year before the pandemic, to almost 18 million in 2021, the pandemic’s second year.

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