BLACKSBURG, Va. (STACKER) — The COVID-19 pandemic has truly changed the way we think about the nature of work, and in particular, where we live versus where we’re employed.

Pre-pandemic, telecommuting or work-from-home situations existed, but they weren’t the norm. Nearly six in 10 Americans rarely or never telecommuted pre-pandemic. Months later, just over half of workers who could were telecommuting. Although vaccines were on the horizon—and with that, an imminent return to office life—many still preferred this new way of working.

Employees discovered that working from home certainly had an upside. No more long, stressful commute. They were more productive. Having more flexibility with time allowed them to better manage a household. For those who live in expensive real estate markets, the pandemic has provided an opportunity to make the leap to a more affordable city without sacrificing a big-city paycheck.

While many employers want to bring workers back to the office in some capacity, the work-from-home trend is likely here to stay. With it, smaller cities may continue to boom, as people leave larger cities for a different lifestyle. So, where in your state are people coming to settle and enjoy this new work-from-anywhere style of living?

To find out, Stacker compiled a list of metros where the most people are finding new jobs in Blacksburg-Christiansburg, VA using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Jobs-to-Jobs Flows. Metros are ranked by the number of people that started a new job in Blacksburg-Christiansburg, VA in the first quarter of 2021.

#20. Greensboro-High Point, NC

– Started a new job in Blacksburg from Greensboro in Q1 2021: 11
— #62 (tie) most common destination from Greensboro
– Started a new job in Greensboro from Blacksburg in Q1 2021: 9
— 0.5% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Net job flow: 2 to Blacksburg

#19. Non-metropolitan area(s), NC

– Started a new job in Blacksburg from Non in Q1 2021: 12
— #108 most common destination from Non
– Started a new job in Non from Blacksburg in Q1 2021: 9
— 0.5% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Net job flow: 3 to Blacksburg

#18. Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD

– Started a new job in Blacksburg from Philadelphia in Q1 2021: 13
— #168 (tie) most common destination from Philadelphia
– Started a new job in Philadelphia from Blacksburg in Q1 2021: 8
— 0.4% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Net job flow: 5 to Blacksburg

#17. Winchester, VA-WV

– Started a new job in Blacksburg from Winchester in Q1 2021: 13
— #16 most common destination from Winchester
– Started a new job in Winchester from Blacksburg in Q1 2021: 18
— 0.9% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Net job flow: 5 to Winchester

#16. Raleigh-Cary, NC

– Started a new job in Blacksburg from Raleigh in Q1 2021: 14
— #133 (tie) most common destination from Raleigh
– Started a new job in Raleigh from Blacksburg in Q1 2021: 7
— 0.4% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Net job flow: 7 to Blacksburg

#15. Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

– Started a new job in Blacksburg from Louisville/Jefferson County in Q1 2021: 17
— #170 (tie) most common destination from Louisville/Jefferson County
– Started a new job in Louisville/Jefferson County from Blacksburg in Q1 2021: 3
— 0.2% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Net job flow: 14 to Blacksburg

#14. Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater, WA

– Started a new job in Blacksburg from Olympia in Q1 2021: 18
— #298 (tie) most common destination from Olympia
– Started a new job in Olympia from Blacksburg in Q1 2021: 0
— 0.0% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Net job flow: 18 to Blacksburg

#13. Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

– Started a new job in Blacksburg from Charlotte in Q1 2021: 21
— #131 (tie) most common destination from Charlotte
– Started a new job in Charlotte from Blacksburg in Q1 2021: 14
— 0.7% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Net job flow: 7 to Blacksburg

#12. Harrisonburg, VA

– Started a new job in Blacksburg from Harrisonburg in Q1 2021: 22
— #12 most common destination from Harrisonburg
– Started a new job in Harrisonburg from Blacksburg in Q1 2021: 19
— 1.0% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Net job flow: 3 to Blacksburg

#11. Beckley, WV

– Started a new job in Blacksburg from Beckley in Q1 2021: 23
— #19 (tie) most common destination from Beckley
– Started a new job in Beckley from Blacksburg in Q1 2021: 5
— 0.3% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Net job flow: 18 to Blacksburg

#10. Staunton, VA

– Started a new job in Blacksburg from Staunton in Q1 2021: 26
— #10 most common destination from Staunton
– Started a new job in Staunton from Blacksburg in Q1 2021: 25
— 1.3% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Net job flow: 1 to Blacksburg

#9. Charlottesville, VA

– Started a new job in Blacksburg from Charlottesville in Q1 2021: 32
— #11 (tie) most common destination from Charlottesville
– Started a new job in Charlottesville from Blacksburg in Q1 2021: 37
— 1.9% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Net job flow: 5 to Charlottesville

#8. Non-metropolitan area(s), WV

– Started a new job in Blacksburg from Non in Q1 2021: 41
— #20 (tie) most common destination from Non
– Started a new job in Non from Blacksburg in Q1 2021: 34
— 1.8% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Net job flow: 7 to Blacksburg

#7. Kingsport-Bristol, TN-VA

– Started a new job in Blacksburg from Kingsport in Q1 2021: 58
— #13 most common destination from Kingsport
– Started a new job in Kingsport from Blacksburg in Q1 2021: 51
— 2.7% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Net job flow: 7 to Blacksburg

#6. Lynchburg, VA

– Started a new job in Blacksburg from Lynchburg in Q1 2021: 77
— #7 most common destination from Lynchburg
– Started a new job in Lynchburg from Blacksburg in Q1 2021: 84
— 4.4% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Net job flow: 7 to Lynchburg

#5. Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

– Started a new job in Blacksburg from Virginia Beach in Q1 2021: 136
— #13 most common destination from Virginia Beach
– Started a new job in Virginia Beach from Blacksburg in Q1 2021: 118
— 6.2% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Net job flow: 18 to Blacksburg

#4. Richmond, VA

– Started a new job in Blacksburg from Richmond in Q1 2021: 149
— #13 most common destination from Richmond
– Started a new job in Richmond from Blacksburg in Q1 2021: 153
— 8.1% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Net job flow: 4 to Richmond

#3. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

– Started a new job in Blacksburg from Washington in Q1 2021: 190
— #29 most common destination from Washington
– Started a new job in Washington from Blacksburg in Q1 2021: 202
— 10.6% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Net job flow: 12 to Washington

#2. Roanoke, VA

– Started a new job in Blacksburg from Roanoke in Q1 2021: 321
— #7 most common destination from Roanoke
– Started a new job in Roanoke from Blacksburg in Q1 2021: 300
— 15.8% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Net job flow: 21 to Blacksburg

#1. Non-metropolitan area(s), VA

– Started a new job in Blacksburg from Non in Q1 2021: 339
— #8 most common destination from Non
– Started a new job in Non from Blacksburg in Q1 2021: 276
— 14.5% of total new out-of-metro jobs
– Net job flow: 63 to Blacksburg