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
|Los Angeles County, CA||San Bernardino County, CA||20672|
|Los Angeles County, CA||Riverside County, CA||14248|
|Miami-Dade County, FL||Broward County, FL||12912|
|Wayne County (Detroit), MI||Oakland County, MI||11908|
|Los Angeles County, CA||Orange County, CA||9808|
|New York County (Manhattan), NY||Bronx County, NY||9277|
|Cook County (Chicago), IL||DuPage County, IL||8419|
|Kings County (Brooklyn), NY||Queens County, NY||8042|
|Dallas County, TX||Denton County, TX||8033|
|Wayne County (Detroit), MI||Macomb County, MI||7772|
|Orange County (LA Suburbs), CA||Riverside County, CA||7122|
|Los Angeles County, CA||Kern County, CA||6638|
|Harris County (Houston), TX||Montgomery County, TX||6594|
|Fulton County (Atlanta), GA||DeKalb County, GA||6085|
|Harris County (Houston), TX||Fort Bend County, TX||5737|
|Nassau County (NYC Suburbs), NY||Suffolk County, NY||5726|
|Washington, DC||Prince George's County, MD||5691|
|Cook County (Chicago), IL||Lake County, IN||5662|
|Alameda County (Oakland), CA||Contra Costa County, CA||5589|
|Baltimore City, MD||Baltimore County, MD||5472|
|San Francisco County, CA||San Mateo County, CA||5440|
|Philadelphia County, PA||Montgomery County, PA||5236|
|Queens County, NY||Nassau County, NY||4935|
|Dallas County, TX||Tarrant County, TX||4829|
|Cook County (Chicago), IL||Kane County, IL||4786|