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.
Have all cities lost people due to COVID-19, or just a few high-cost ones?
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.
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.
The city of Chicago continues to see a decline in population, including tens of thousands of African-Americans who have left in recent years.
The New York Times
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.
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.
Crain's New York Business
Experts expect the 2020 Census to reveal some potentially startling trends of population decline in rural parts of the country.
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.
The Mercury News
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.
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.
The Sacramento Bee
Texas and Utah were the leaders in growth for the 2015-2016 fiscal year; Illinois lost more residents than any other state.
U.S. Census Bureau
Black residents of Chicago are leaving for cities like Atlanta in massive numbers—away from the waves of crime tearing apart their hometown.
The Golden State attracts high-end workers, while its high housing costs cause a disproportionate number of low and middle income workers to flee the state. The non-profit think tank, Next 10, delves into this crisis in three new reports.
Same story, different year, though more data provided on which groups are leaving the Golden State: predominantly workers earning less than $50,000 a year. Conversely, those migrating to California from other states had higher incomes and education.
Los Angeles Times
William H. Frey, Brookings Institution demographer, writes on the latest Census Bureau demographic data. California and Texas remain number one and two respectively. New York had 19.7 million residents on July 1, 2014, Florida 19.9 million people.
The findings of a new report from United Van Lines along with Michael Stoll, an economist at University of California Los Angeles, show surprising trends from this summer's prime moving months, especially in the Pacific Northwest.
The Seattle Times
Although Americans are moving less, many of those that have migrated recently have decamped to inland cities where they can afford the cost of housing, according to an article by Shaila Dewan.
New York Times