Kastle Access Control Data Shows Notable Growth in Building Occupancy Nationwide
Americans have been living through a period of intense uncertainty since March 2020 — struggling with
an unprecedented pandemic and the economic distress it has caused.
To provide some clarity on the issues facing American businesses, 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. We’re analyzing the anonymized data to identify trends
in how Americans are returning to the office.
Every city measured on the Barometer saw building occupancy rates rise last week, moving the
10-city national average up to 25.9%, a 1.9% increase from the week before. Houston
experienced the most growth, up 4% from the week before, bringing the Texas city’s rate up to
38.7% — the third highest occupancy rate on the Barometer.
Two other Texas cities, Dallas and Austin, also saw notable rises in building occupancy last
week, now up to 41% and 39.4%, respectively. They are currently leading as the two most open
cities on the Barometer, following by Houston. Philadelphia, Chicago, and New York all
experienced 1.9% growth from the week before, bringing their occupancy rates up to 26.5%,
20.9%, and 15.4%, respectively.
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
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 reflect unique authorized user entries in each market relative to a pre-COVID
baseline, averaged weekly.*
*On March 22, 2021, Kastle moved from daily to weekly data reporting to provide a
more robust and
comprehensive picture of
office occupancy. We have also recalculated data back to the start of the time series for
consistency. This has only a marginal
impact on most cities and the national average.