Phoenix inches closer to recovering from the pandemic

by Emily Marek

While the city of Phoenix hasn’t fully bounced back from the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s among the top cities well on their way to recovery.

The University of Toronto analyzed mobile phone data in the downtown areas of over 60 of the largest metros in the U.S. and Canada to determine the amount of unique visitors in each city. They then compared that data to 2019 volumes to see which cities have recovered from the pandemic in terms of downtown activity.

In metros that have completely bounced back from Covid, like Las Vegas, unique cell phone data shows that more people visited during the time period from March to mid-June this year than they did during the same time period in 2019. However, Vegas was the only city on the university’s list to reach this milestone.

Phoenix ranked at No. 9, with 89% the amount of unique visitors seen in 2019. In addition to Las Vegas, The Valley of the Sun was beat out by Mississauga, Ontario (91%), Tucson (91%), Miami (92%), Oklahoma City (93%), Bakersfield, California (95%), San Jose, California (96%) and El Paso, Texas (97%).

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