Relocation - Reappraisal of urban living

3 million people in the UK aged over 50 considering relocating

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has lead to a reappraisal of urban living, with increasing numbers fleeing city confines in search of green space.

3 million people aged over 50 (12%) now plan to relocate in retirement, as a direct result of the pandemic. A year of lockdowns has led these over 50s to want to move closer to family and friends, pursue a better quality of life or even move abroad.


Leaving major urban areas New research has found that 3 million people in the UK aged over 50 are considering relocating, as a direct result of Covid-19[1]. In 2020, the Office for National Statistics[2] revealed that people of retirement age in England were already leaving major urban areas and instead moving to rural areas, locations by the coast or to areas of ‘outstanding natural beauty.’