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Google data shows Idahoans aren’t moving around as much

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People are moving around less to many locations in Ada County, according to data from Google Mobility. The report uses a variety of sources, including phone GPS data.

Through March 29th, the amount of movement to different types of places dropped – with two exceptions.

Stay at home orders started going into effect in Boise and Meridian in mid-March, and expanded statewide toward the end of the month.

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In Ada County, visits to retail and recreation spots dropped 49% from their usual level, according to Google.  Visits to grocery and pharmacy first spiked in Mid-March, but ultimately dropped 23% from the baseline.  

The number of visits to workplaces saw the biggest decline, with visits declining 43% over what was a pretty static baseline level.

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Two areas saw increased activity – movement in residential areas increased by 11%.  And the number of folks visiting parks went up 33%.

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For the state as a whole, visits to retail and recreation dropped 34%. Workplace visitation declined 38%, and visits to parks went up 25%.

Decreases are common for many of Idaho’s counties where Google has data available. In Blaine Co., hit hard by the virus, and with the most strict orders in place, activity to retail and recreation dropped 83%.

You can view the full report for Idaho here.

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Don Day
Don is the founder and editor of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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