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Missouri, Illinois cities make list of best to live in after pandemic

Springfield, Illinois came in as the No. 1 place to live after the COVID-19 pandemic
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ST. LOUIS — Five Illinois cities and two Missouri cities made Business Insider’s list of 30 best American cities to live in after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Business Insider reported that recent polling suggested many Americans are thinking about moving. It cited a story from Axios that reported on a Harris Poll survey that found about one-third of Americans said they are thinking about moving to less densely populated areas.

Business Insider also cited research from Moody’s Analytics that found less densely populated places with a larger share of jobs requiring a bachelor’s degree or higher were likely to recover first from the economic impact of the pandemic.

Three Illinois cities made it into the top 10 – Springfield, Champaign and Bloomington with Springfield taking the No. 1 spot on the list. Both Missouri cities also made it into the top 10 – Jefferson City at No. 2 and Columbia at No. 10.

Peoria came in at No. 28 and Danville at No. 30.

Click here to see the full list.

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