American Youth Go Suburban

The youth of America will ditch its cities in favor of the suburbs, according to this op-ed from Joel Kotkin.
July 27, 2011, 11am PDT | Nate Berg
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Kotkin writes that the latest census figures show more people moving into suburban areas -- including younger populations.

"The simple, usually inexorable effects of maturation may be one reason for this surprising result. Simply put, when 20-somethings get older, they do things like marry, start businesses, settle down and maybe start having kids.

An analysis of the past decade's Census data by demographer Wendell Cox shows this. Cox looked at where 25- to 34-year-olds were living in 2000 and compared this to where they were living by 2010, now aged 35 to 44. The results were surprising: In the past 10 years, this cohort's presence grew 12% in suburban areas while dropping 22.7% in the core cities. Overall, this demographic expanded by roughly 1.8 million in the suburbs while losing 1.3 million in the core cities."

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Published on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 in New Geography
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