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More than any other city in the United States, Americans are choosing to move to Dallas, Texas. This statistical data comes as a surprise to many who believed that youth and the financially downtrodden would continue to migrate to large metropolitan areas during such a rough financial time.
It's hard not to note the triumphant tone in Joel Kotkin's piece in Forbes today on where Americans are moving. Kotkin, a scholar and pundit on urban issues, has some skin in the game, having just published a book that predicts that population growth over the next several decades will be focused not in dense urban areas but in suburbs. And he takes the most recent census data on migration as proof that he's right.
"The red states may have lost the presidential election, but they are winning new residents, largely at the expense of their politically successful blue counterparts," Kotkin writes. "For all the talk of how the Great Recession has driven people -- particularly the 'footloose young' -- toward dense urban centers, census data reveal that Americans are still drawn to the same sprawling Sun Belt regions as before."
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