City life isn’t for everyone, with the insane traffic, light pollution and constant noise that’s so characteristic of big cities. Some people do enjoy it though. New estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau suggests that population growth in urban areas is outpacing suburban areas for the first time in nearly a century.
Metros such as New Orleans, Atlanta and D.C. saw urban populations grow faster than the suburban populations. New Orleans saw the biggest rebound in city growth relative to suburbs, despite a period of stalled population growth due to Hurricane Katrina. Some cities, such as Baltimore and Detroit still have higher suburban growth rates. St. Louis, MO saw population loss by more than 1,000.
According to the Associated Press:
Driving the resurgence are young adults, who are delaying careers, marriage and having children amid persistently high unemployment. Burdened with college debt or toiling in temporary, lower-wage positions, they are spurning homeownership in the suburbs for shorter-term, no-strings-attached apartment living, public transit and proximity to potential jobs in larger cities … Some sociologists are calling them “generation rent.”