Rizal Wong, a junior associate of tech and business communications company Sard Verbinen & Co., left Area Two in December, trading with his family in a studio apartment in Auckland for a cheap one-bedroom in his hometown, Sacramento. But after being vaccinated, he moved to San Francisco in April.

“I felt like I was getting back into my life,” Mr. said. Wong, 22. “Meeting with coworkers, who were also vaccinated and given a drink after work, definitely makes it seem more normal.”

Mr. Wong, as many people left the bay area, did not move very far. Of the more than 170,000 people who moved to places around San Francisco, Berkeley and Auckland in 2020, most migrated elsewhere in California, according to the United States Postal Service, analyzed by real estate company CBRE. .

For example, about 20,000 migrated to the San Jose area. A further 16,000 went to Los Angeles, about 15,000 to Sacramento and 8,000 to Stockton, Central Valley, California. More than 77,000 people who left the San Jose metro area, Silicon Valley proxies, went to similar places: San Francisco, Sacramento and Los Angeles. In February, the San Francisco Chronicle reported the same number using postal service data.

Net migration out of the San Francisco and San Jose territories – which counts the number of people considered last year – was about 116,000 last year, up from about 64,000 in 2019, according to an analysis of postal service data, according to an analysis of postal service data.

According to state statistics, every year for nearly a few decades, thousands more residents have migrated to Silicon Valley and San Francisco than ever before. Mostly, this movement is offset by the influx of immigrants from other countries – which was limited during the epidemic.