“Quest for Affordable Housing Drives People Away From the Coasts” – Stateline

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“The high cost of housing seemed to sap Americans’ taste for coastal cities last year as cities in Texas and Arizona gained more population than New York City or Los Angeles for the first time in a decade, according to census population estimates released today.

“‘What started as a promising decade for big cities is starting to crumble a little bit for them,’ said William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution, in an email. “The Great Recession put the brakes on dispersal to small metro areas, suburbs and the Sun Belt; but those trends are beginning to resume again.’

“San Antonio’s population grew by 24,200 between 2016 and 2017, the largest gain among cities, with Phoenix not far behind at 24,000.”

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The Pennsylvania State Data Center has lots of information, including housing and population data — click here to download the above graphic as a .pdf file..

 

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