A new Brookings report analyzes a renewed suburbanization of the United States population, a trend that was largely lacking during the period following the Great Recession of the late 2000s. According to the report, trends show populations dispersing from large metropolitan areas. Further, Brookings notes a migration of population into rural areas, as well as interior metropolitan areas.
Brookings emphasizes population growth in non-metropolitan areas is occurring for the first time since the recession, seemingly in part attributable to an improving housing market and overall economy. Further, the census data analyzed shows a slowing of growth in large metropolitan areas for the second year in a row, a dip in growth not seen since 1990. Even still, the pace of large metropolitan growth is still occurring faster than small metropolitan growth.
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