New US Census data and suburban growth

On March 26, 2015, the US Census released new data that researchers have been analyzing to find comparisons between urban core and suburban growth. Analysis from William Frey of the Brookings Institute shows that suburban areas are growing faster than urban cores. Interestingly, exurban growth, which dropped sharply before the recession, has now overtaken urban core growth. Ben Casselman, of the blog FiveThirtyEight, also analyzed this new Census data to find that more Millennials moved to suburbs in 2014 than those who moved to urban cores. Similarly, the Atlantic published it’s own analysis of this data in an article titled, “Americans Love Big Hot Suburbs." These findings call into question the media's recently proclaimed trends towards city living, which are often portrayed as a paradigm shift in residential choices. 

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