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How the Pandemic Changed Working from Home in 2020


New words such as “Zoom” and “WFH,” or “work from home” entered everyday conversation in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic forced millions to work from kitchen tables and living room sofas instead of office desks. How common were such arrangements? A Social Explorer analysis of newly released Census data found fewer than 1 percent of Americans worked from home in only four of the nation’s 1,011 metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas.

The four places included the Texas panhandle city of Dumas (0.5 percent worked from home); Atmore, in south Alabama (0.6 percent); the southwestern Arkansas city of Magnolia (0.9 percent); and Blytheville in northeast Arkansas (0.9 percent). Nationwide, 7.3 percent of people were able to work from home, according to the 2016-20 American Community Survey.

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Work From Home, 2010-2020. Click here to explore further.

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Author: Frank Bass

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