Chicago was the biggest loser in net domestic migration


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.

An analysis of domestic migration for the nation’s 51 largest metropolitan statistical areas by demographer Wendell Cox shows that the 10 metropolises with the largest net gains from 2000 through 2009 are in the Sun Belt, led by Phoenix, and followed by Riverside-San Bernardino, Calif.; Atlanta; Dallas-Ft. Worth; and Las Vegas.

From July 2010 to July 2011 the biggest loser in domestic migration, when measured by the rate of net migration per 1,000 residents (-5.68), was Chicago.

The article suggests that demographic and economic conditions may accelerate the domestic movement of individuals away from Chicago and similar cities.

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