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

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Courtesy of Jackie Nguyen
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.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Mackenzie Martin is a producer for Up To Date, Real Humans, and other podcasts at KCUR Studios. Reach out to her on Twitter @_macmartin.
Luke X. Martin is a reporter focusing on race, culture and ethnicity for KCUR 89.3. Contact him at or on Twitter, @lukexmartin.