Moving To A City Is Not As Popular As It Used To Be, Census Study Reveals

02/16/2014 12:38 pm ET | Updated Feb 16, 2014

The chic apartment in the always-awake city or the roomy colonial with the nice backyard? Well, despite what you may personally choose, there's a trend towards the latter these days.

Whatever the reason, be it a need for a little more space, a less-expensive lifestyle or just the desire for some quieter surroundings, Americans still love the suburbs and are willing to leave the city to be there. According to the Census Bureau's most recent release on inter-county migration, which looked at flows between different counties by using data from the 2007-2011 American Community Survey, many people are packing up their urban homes and moving out.

And, as seen in the table below, which shows the 25 largest net annual population flows or pairs of counties with the largest number of people moving from the origin to the destination, minus people moving in the other direction, the movement is hitting even the nation's largest metros like New York and Los Angeles.

Still, we don't think that that popular cities will ever lack an influx of new residents eager to try out city life. Whether or not they decide to plant roots there, however, might be up for debate.

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