How the Coronavirus Is Impacting Work From Home

A quarter of Americans are working from home more frequently due to the coronavirus, according to a survey conducted by Redfin.

The results differed significantly by city. In Seattle, which as of March 12, 2020 had the highest number of reported COVID-19 cases of any state, half of prospective homebuyers and sellers said they’re working remotely more often due to the outbreak—double the national figure. In second place was San Francisco (44.7{d872b83874cbc456d4e7e49f0ae218a6abf1c172c201c18bd21e1a6839859f06}), followed by New York City (37.8{d872b83874cbc456d4e7e49f0ae218a6abf1c172c201c18bd21e1a6839859f06}) and Philadelphia (33.3{d872b83874cbc456d4e7e49f0ae218a6abf1c172c201c18bd21e1a6839859f06}). The cities where respondents were least likely to work remotely were Albuquerque, NM (8.3{d872b83874cbc456d4e7e49f0ae218a6abf1c172c201c18bd21e1a6839859f06}), Atlanta (8.3{d872b83874cbc456d4e7e49f0ae218a6abf1c172c201c18bd21e1a6839859f06}) and Dallas (10.0{d872b83874cbc456d4e7e49f0ae218a6abf1c172c201c18bd21e1a6839859f06}).

The results also varied by industry. Participants who work in the technology sector were the most likely to be working from home more often due to the coronavirus (46.3{d872b83874cbc456d4e7e49f0ae218a6abf1c172c201c18bd21e1a6839859f06}), followed by those who work in financial services (40.4{d872b83874cbc456d4e7e49f0ae218a6abf1c172c201c18bd21e1a6839859f06}) and consulting (39.6{d872b83874cbc456d4e7e49f0ae218a6abf1c172c201c18bd21e1a6839859f06}). Meanwhile, the occupations least likely to work remotely were travel (5.3{d872b83874cbc456d4e7e49f0ae218a6abf1c172c201c18bd21e1a6839859f06}), parenting (9.4{d872b83874cbc456d4e7e49f0ae218a6abf1c172c201c18bd21e1a6839859f06}) and retail (10.5{d872b83874cbc456d4e7e49f0ae218a6abf1c172c201c18bd21e1a6839859f06}).

The higher a respondent’s annual household income, the more likely they were to say that they’re working from home more frequently due to COVID-19. Of participants who make at least $200,000 a year, 45.3{d872b83874cbc456d4e7e49f0ae218a6abf1c172c201c18bd21e1a6839859f06} said their remote work has increased—nearly double the overall figure. Of respondents who make less than $100,000, only 13.3{d872b83874cbc456d4e7e49f0ae218a6abf1c172c201c18bd21e1a6839859f06} said they’re working remotely more frequently.

The findings of the survey differed slightly when broken down by generation. Among baby-boomer respondents, 21.6{d872b83874cbc456d4e7e49f0ae218a6abf1c172c201c18bd21e1a6839859f06} said they’re working remotely more often due to COVID-19, the lowest share of any group. Meanwhile, at 26.9{d872b83874cbc456d4e7e49f0ae218a6abf1c172c201c18bd21e1a6839859f06}, millennials were the most likely to say they’re working from home more frequently.

Redfin conducted a survey in March 2020 of more than 1,000 customers who plan to buy and/or sell a home in the next 12 months. Respondents were asked about how COVID-19 is impacting their work habits, perspectives on the housing market, and home buying and selling plans. We asked participants to identify, from a list, which major city was closest to where they live, which is reflected in the data above.

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