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

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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.

H/T Business Insider

Census Top 25 County Flows

OriginDestinationNet Flow
Los Angeles County, CASan Bernardino County, CA20672
Los Angeles County, CARiverside County, CA14248
Miami-Dade County, FLBroward County, FL12912
Wayne County (Detroit), MIOakland County, MI11908
Los Angeles County, CAOrange County, CA9808
New York County (Manhattan), NYBronx County, NY9277
Cook County (Chicago), ILDuPage County, IL8419
Kings County (Brooklyn), NYQueens County, NY8042
Dallas County, TXDenton County, TX8033
Wayne County (Detroit), MIMacomb County, MI7772
Orange County (LA Suburbs), CARiverside County, CA7122
Los Angeles County, CAKern County, CA6638
Harris County (Houston), TXMontgomery County, TX6594
Fulton County (Atlanta), GADeKalb County, GA6085
Harris County (Houston), TXFort Bend County, TX5737
Nassau County (NYC Suburbs), NYSuffolk County, NY5726
Washington, DCPrince George's County, MD5691
Cook County (Chicago), ILLake County, IN5662
Alameda County (Oakland), CAContra Costa County, CA5589
Baltimore City, MDBaltimore County, MD5472
San Francisco County, CASan Mateo County, CA5440
Philadelphia County, PAMontgomery County, PA5236
Queens County, NYNassau County, NY4935
Dallas County, TXTarrant County, TX4829
Cook County (Chicago), ILKane County, IL4786

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