City-by-City Views of America’s Office Use

Kastle Access Control Data Shows Dallas Leading Back-to-Office Movement

Our country — and its businesses — have gone through a period of great confusion and uncertainty in the last few months. To better understand office occupancy habits since the lockdowns, Kastle Systems has been studying keycard, fob and KastlePresence app access data from the 3,600 buildings and 41,000 businesses we secure across 47 states.

The anonymized aggregated data tell a story of a nation that quickly sheltered in March and April and continues to work towards a safe return to the office. 

The 10-city national average rose for a third week in a row, now up to 22.6%, as seven cities seeing increases in building occupancy last week.

With a 34.9% occupancy rate, Dallas continues to lead the back-to-office movement across all ten cities measured on the Barometer. This is 3% greater than the city with the next highest building occupancy rate, Los Angeles. Houston is also experiencing quick growth, with a 1.9% raise in occupancy over the past two weeks — an improvement only second to Dallas.

We’re confident this uptick in occupancy will continue, and we’re ready to help the transition happen. For American workers to return safely back into office buildings, there must be a comprehensive system in place that integrates technology and new safety protocols both for the building and for tenant spaces. We’re keeping a close eye on this data as part of our KastleSafeSpaces framework, which we designed to help office buildings safely reopen.

| Methodology

Kastle’s reach of buildings, businesses and cardholders secured generates millions of access events daily as users enter office complexes, and individual company workspaces. Charted percentages are based on daily unique authorized user entries in each market relative to a pre-COVID baseline.


 

| A COVID-19 Timeline of State and City Shelter Orders and Their Ongoing Repeals

Timeline
2020
02/06/2020

What we now believe to be first death in the US

03/06/2020

Grand Princess cruise ship held from docking in SF

03/09/2020

Italy locked down entire country

03/11/2020

President Trump announced European travel ban & WHO declared a world pandemic

03/16/2020

Stay-at-home: SFO (first US city)

03/19/2020

Stay-at-home: CA (first US state)

03/21/2020

Stay-at-home: IL & NJ

03/22/2020

Stay-at-home: NY

03/23/2020

Stay-at-home: CT, LA, OH, OR, WA

03/24/2020

Stay-at-home: DE, IN, MA, MI, NM, WV

03/25/2020

Stay-at-home: HI, ID, WI, VT

03/26/2020

Stay-at-home: CO, KY

03/27/2020

Stay-at-home: MN, NH

03/28/2020

Stay-at-home: AL, MO, RI

03/30/2020

Stay-at-home: KS, MD, NC, VA

03/31/2020

Stay-at-home: AZ. TN

04/01/2020

Stay-at-home: DC, NV, PA

04/02/2020

Stay-at-home: ME, TX

04/03/2020

Stay-at-home: GA, FL, MS

04/04/2020

Stay-at-home: AL

04/04/2020

US travel ban in flights from China

04/06/2020

Stay-at-home: MS

04/07/2020

Stay-at-home: SC

04/20/2020

Partial Reopen: TX (Parks 4/20, some elective surgeries 4/22, retail-to-go 4/24)

04/21/2020

Partial Reopen: SC (retails, departments stores @ 20% occupancy, beaches)

04/24/2020

Partial Reopen: GA (gyms, fitness centers, barbershops, hair and nail salons, churches, theaters, restaurants, body art studios, bowling alleys and massage parlors)

04/30/2020

Partial Reopen: TN Planned (“vast majority of businesses”)