Early decade big city growth continues to fall off, census shows

Early decade big city growth continues to fall off, census shows

“While most big cities are still gaining population, the rates of that gain are falling off for many of them as the nation’s population shows signs of broad dispersal.”

Key findings

55 of the 84 cities in the U.S. with populations over 250,000 either grew at a lower rate or saw their populations decline.

“Among the 25 largest cities, 21 registered growth rates from 2016 to 2017 that were either negative or lower than the previous year; for 15 of these 25 cities, the same year’s growth rates were the lowest of the decade.”

“Now suburban growth again exceeds city growth, though at more modest levels than in the early 2000s, and, for many areas, due more to a city growth slowdown than a suburban growth pickup.”

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