COVID-19 Population Mobility

How has human mobility changed under the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Kelsey Gonzalez

April 15, 2020

This visualization aims to understand population behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic. I use aggregated human mobility data (how far people move each day) from Cuebiq, an offline intelligence and measurement marketing company, which partners with 86 apps to collect first-party location data. Different U.S. states have handled the Covid-19 Pandemic in vastly different ways, with some states still refraining from issuing stay-at-home orders. This has led to very different mobility behaviors by state. I show that the stay-at-home order successfully reduced movement during the week of March 23rd and April 13th, with Americans reverting towards pre-COVID-19 movement patterns in between.

Data is available at https://www.cuebiq.com/visitation-insights-covid19/

Source Code is available at https://github.com/kelseygonzalez/covid_mobility

a doi for this data is https://doi.org/10.25422/azu.data.12374810.v1

Update on 5/17/2020: Using more recent Cuebiq data and separating the gif in two, here is an update of the graphics: