City Mobility in Europe Reaches Pre-Lockdown Levels as the North-South Divide Continues in US

Paris is the first major European city to see residents’ population mobility approach pre-lockdown levels, as Huq’s high-frequency geo-data shows that the cities that exercised most restraint under lockdown have been the fastest to demonstrate population movement increase.

Data from Huq’s Daily Distances Indicator, which measures the the extent to which people travel about their cities, shows that while Paris has seen a significant increase over the last few weeks, cities that were less restricted during lockdown have been slower to recover – or even show a decline in resident mobility.

In the US, a clear North-South divide has emerged, with cities in the north offering the sharpest initial drop in mobility followed by a steady increase. Southern cities by contrast were less restrained initially but now appear to be seeing a slower rate of recovery. New York and Boston saw population movement drop to lower than 10% of pre-lockdown levels back in April and this has since increased to around 70%. Houston and Dallas saw residents less restricted during lockdown, but are now seeing the recovery of population movement plateau.


Across the pond in England, London showed stronger restraint during lockdown which has now steadily increased to almost 90% of pre-lockdown levels. The data suggests that cities in the north of the US are more closely aligned with European cities than their southern counterparts.

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