History in motion: The rural rush

Alex Ayad

The United States is currently witnessing a mass migration on the scale of the migration of whites out of urban cities known as the ‘White Flight’ of the 1950’s and 1960’s due to the United States’ varied statewide responses to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Many people can now permanently work from home so long as they have an internet connection, so “home” can be anywhere.

This exodus is from more populated and therefore more affected cities and states to less affected rural areas, this “Rural Rush” will rebalance the population of the U.S. by bringing the bloated populations of the coastal cities into the “fly-over” states of middle America.

Examples of this can be seen across the country, including Idaho.

In Idaho, the Garden Valley school district had to push back their school start date due to an influx of children from families who moved from other areas.

According to KTVB, the Garden Valley school district, which is approximately fifty miles outside of Boise, has seen a 35% increase in students who are primarily coming from the more populous areas of Boise, Nampa, Caldwell, Meridian, and Middleton.

While the movement within Idaho is mainly from Ada county.

The Rural Rush from California to Idaho is directly seen in home prices. According to KTVB, the Idaho housing market has broken records despite the effects of the coronavirus.

The median home price in July of 2019 was $349,000, and last month the median home price leaped 11.7% to $390,000.

The migration makes perfect sense. If you must work from home, then why not live in the cheaper area?

Homes in the more densely populated areas are also worth more than land in smaller rural communities so families can move and get a home upgrade.

Country wide, this migration will likely stem from the largest populous democratic controlled cities and states where the populations and taxes are higher, specifically Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago.

The effect in small towns like Lewiston will be a rise in population and housing prices.