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California Gasoline Tax Rises by 4 Cents

You might have missed it as legislators didn't vote on it—not this year, anyway—despite attempts by Republicans to suspend the increase.

July 6, 2023 - The Mercury News

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Low-Income Residents Less Likely to Move During the Pandemic, Freddie Mac Says

Does low-income residents staying put in large metro areas, relative to higher-income groups, mean that low-income households are missing out on affordable housing options? Freddie Mac researchers think so.

May 9, 2023 - Freddie Mac

A family of Black Americans brings moving boxes into a home.

The 'New Great Migration' Picks Up Pace

Recent American Community Survey data solidifies an underappreciated pattern of migration in the United States: a reversal of the Great Migration of the 20th century, when an estimate 5 million Black Americans left the South.

September 15, 2022 - Brookings


Measuring the Urban Exodus

New data reveals truths about one of the biggest questions to emerge from the pandemic: Did the public health risks and economic disruptions of 2020 and 2021 spur an urban exodus away from the urban cores of large metropolitan areas?

September 11, 2022 - Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University

A woman with a baby in a stroller and two men are milling around in front a sign that reads Austin Texas: Live Music Capital of the World.

Austin in the Top Five for Out-Migration

Fortunes are changing in Austin—a longtime magnet for new arrivals is dealing with skyrocketing housing costs and increasing amounts of out-migration.

September 2, 2022 - KVUE

Boise, Idaho

Idaho’s Growth Obscures Massive Demographic Turnover, Study Says

Quick population growth is remaking Idaho, but focusing only on raw population numbers masks the demographic changes at work.

August 23, 2022 - KMTV News

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Could Inflation Spur an Urban Rebound?

Inflation is hitting rural areas particularly hard. One expert sees the possibility of rural residents reconsidering cities as a place to avoid higher costs associated with rural mobility and to make more money.

August 8, 2022 - MPR News

Vacant boarded-up storefronts along Powell Street in San Francisco, California.

The Demographics of San Francisco’s Pandemic Urban Exodus

New Census data break down San Francisco’s population losses during the first year-plus of the pandemic by race and age.

July 8, 2022 - San Francisco Chronicle


Urban Exodus: Data Don't Support the Popular Pandemic Narrative

Americans fled cities in waves during the pandemic, right? Not to so fast.

November 30, 2021 - Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University

Empty Road

Americans Are Moving, but Staying Close to Home

Despite fears of a mass exodus, most cities are seeing only modest population losses, with the majority of movers staying in the same metro area.

May 6, 2021 - Bloomberg CityLab

California Shelter-in-Place

Two Stories From 2020: Which Is True?

Have all cities lost people due to COVID-19, or just a few high-cost ones?

March 1, 2021 - Michael Lewyn

Moms 4 Housing

Pandemic Uncertainties Could Push Even More Black Residents Out of the Urban Bay Area

Add the coronavirus pandemic to an already deeply troubled housing market and the Bay Area has a recipe for even more displacement in a region already facing a massive demographic shift.

October 28, 2020 - Sfist

Houston, Austin, and College Station

Not Just New York: Reports of an Urban Exodus From Houston

A recent article about Houston residents fleeing the city for College Station reads a lot like articles about New Yorkers decamping for less urban climes.

August 11, 2020 - Houston Chronicle

The Windy City

No Slowdown of Out-Migration of Black Residents from Chicago

The city of Chicago continues to see a decline in population, including tens of thousands of African-Americans who have left in recent years.

March 4, 2020 - The New York Times

Young Family

Debunking the 'Millennials Are Fleeing Cities' Narrative

One of the most-read stories in the urbanism world last week was a Wall Street Journal article about young people between the ages of 25 to 39 leaving the largest U.S. cities. Not so fast with all that, says Jose Cortright.

October 7, 2019 - City Observatory

Young Crowd

Millennials Leaving the Big City

New York City continues to lose young adults between the ages of 25 and 39, but it isn't the only city seeing a net out-migration of Millennials and younger Generation Xers.

October 2, 2019 - Crain's New York Business

Rural Bus Stop

Most Rural Counties Losing Population

Experts expect the 2020 Census to reveal some potentially startling trends of population decline in rural parts of the country.

June 23, 2018 - Axios

Water Emergency Transportation Authority

Dismal Poll Findings for Bay Area: Half the Respondents Want to Leave

To paraphrase Bill Clinton, it's the housing, stupid! In addition to the troubling findings of the Bay Area Council poll, a California housing report found that Silicon Valley had the highest percentage of residents leaving their counties.

June 6, 2018 - The Mercury News

Ferry Building San Francisco

Out-Migration from the San Francisco Bay Area Getting Wealthier and Wealthier

The effects of one of the most expensive housing markets in the country are in display in this data analysis of migration to and from the San Francisco Bay Area.

December 23, 2017 - Buildzoom

Leaving California

A Proposed Legislative Solution to California's Out-Migration Epidemic

The Sacramento Bee follows-up a revealing report on lower income workers leaving California due largely to exorbitant housing costs with an editorial endorsing legislation by Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco to address the source of the problem.

March 13, 2017 - The Sacramento Bee

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