US population disperses to suburbs, exurbs, rural areas, and “middle of the country” metros

US population disperses to suburbs, exurbs, rural areas, and “middle of the country” metros

U.S. Census estimates through 2017 indicate a revival of suburbanization and migration towards metro areas in the middle of the country.

Key findings

For several years after the Great Recession in 2008, suburban growth slowed in comparison to growth in urban cores. Over the past few years, this trend has flipped.

“There is also a newly emerging pattern which shows modest new gains occurring in quite a few interior metropolitan areas, where population trends have recently waned.”

Some large metropolitan areas that typically experience healthy population growth like Houston, Miami, and San Jose had significant declines in their growth rates from 2016 to 2017.

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