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

Kastle Access Control Data Shows Nation Stalled in Reopening Process

Our country — and its businesses — have gone through a period of great confusion and uncertainty in recent 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 is now steadily heading back to work.  

The nation stalled in its re-opening progress last week, with the 10-city national average remaining at 27.4%. New York and Philadelphia followed suit with the national trend and also stalled, holding occupancy rates steady at 17.4% and 28.8%, respectively.

Four cities saw falls in occupancy rates, including Dallas, which saw a 2.2% decrease to 41.1%. Despite the drop, Dallas remains the most open city measured on the Barometer. Houston also maintained its spot as the second most open city, up 1.1% from the week before to 37.9%.

 

We’re confident occupancy rates will continue to rise in the months to come, 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.

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| 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.

 

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