Moving to the Urban Core

The Big Get Bigger and . . . . population changes

According to the United States Census, large urban counties next to metro areas over 1 million residents were the fastest growth areas in 2014. The population of rural counties declined. Census data of the nation’s 3,142 counties indicate 4.2% growth from 2010 to 2014 for counties in metropolitan areas of over 1 million persons, ranging down to 1.4 percent for non-metro counties adjacent to a metro area with an urban population of 20,000 persons. Counties with lower population, primarily with rural locations, all had negative growth during this period. Every component of population change is driving growth in the big-city counties. Natural growth (births over deaths), international migration (movers from […]

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