According to new data from the Household Pulse Survey released by the Census Bureau, Americans are eager to travel in the coming months.
With states and counties gradually reopening, mask mandates being lifted, and increases in vaccinations, the bureau’s weekly report shows that close to half of respondents in states such as Montana and Wyoming plan to take an overnight trip or a trip to a place more than 100 miles away in the next four weeks (US News). The survey is designed to collect data on how Americans’ lives have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, it was conducted in four phases: Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3, and Phase 3.1. The first survey collection began on April 23, 2020 and the last one ended in May of 2021. The bureau’s data shows that about 4 in 10 respondents in Montana (46.1%), Wyoming (44.4%), South Dakota (40.6%), Utah (40.3%), and Colorado (39.8%) have overnight or distant trips planned in the next month. A high share of those surveyed in Washington, D.C. – 42.1% – are also planning to travel.
Approximately one third of respondents in North Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee have travels planned. Data from the previous week’s release – April 14-26 – showed only five states with percentages above 33%, compared to 13 states at that level in the most recent release, indicating an increase in travel plans.
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