During the pandemic, the country divided for reasons related to a broad range topics: jobs that allowed WFH, pay wages, mask mandates, political factions, racial discrimination, religious affiliation… and more.
With so many workers moving to a remote working environment, the draw to home relocation began to appeal to people all over the place, especially for tech workers who lived in extremely expensive cities on the West Coast.
After all, why not relocate to Texas or Virginia or South Carolina, substantially reduce your cost of living, but continue making exorbitant FAANG salaries? So a lot of tech employees did exactly that.
Not only that, but tech companies started searching far and wide for talent, instead of within a simple 50 mile radius. “Silicon Valley” became more of an idea than a physical location.