The university 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 from March to mid-June in 2023. They then compared that data to 2019 volumes from the same period 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.
During that same time period, Atlanta saw 85% of the amount of visitors as in 2019, making it the No. 16 city in the U.S. and Canada for Covid recovery.