Cities Americans are Abandoning


Annually, approximately 40 million Americans, roughly 14 percent of the U.S. population, move at least once. Much of this movement comprises younger people relocating within towns, but it’s trends of Americans moving to warmer climates, cheaper areas, and better job opportunities which have decided mainly migration patterns lately.

Cities Americans are Abandoning
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Due to those long-term patterns, in addition to the current period of economic recovery, cities in some regions of the country have dropped tens of thousands of taxpayers.

To locate the 55 U.S. metropolitan regions that have had the most significant net decline in population because of migration between 2010 and 2017, 24/7 Wall St. examined population figures in the U.S. Census Bureau’s Population Estimates Program. One of the cities in which people are leaving in droves are places like Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, New York, and Los Angeles.

William Frey, the demographer at the Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy research team, explained that these cities which have been losing thousands of inhabitants because of migration are a part of their long-term trend of movement from the Northeast and the Midwest to warmer climates, a trend that has increased in recent decades. “That migration had slowed a bit in the first part of the decade when we were dealing with the aftermath of the downturn, but it is coming back.” Click through to see the entire list of cities Americans are left handed.