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Goodbye New York, Hello Kansas City — More Americans Than Ever Are Moving To Smaller Cities

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Mobile coffee shop owner Jackie Nguyen relocated during the coronavirus pandemic to Kansas City from New York City.

During the pandemic, about 5% of urban dwellers across the country have picked up sticks and left the big city.

Will the trend continue? Today, we asked a former resident of New York City and San Diego-native what drew her to the middle of the map during a global health crisis.

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