Monday, March 30, 2015

More Americans returning to exurbs, which feature paved subdivisions on what was once rural land

People are returning to the exurbs, rural areas that have been paved over and turned into subdvisions, Emily Badger reports for The Washington Post. Cheap housing and easy mortgages made exurbs a popular migration destination in the early 2000s, before the housing crash left many of these areas deserted and incomplete.

"New census data, though, suggests that eight years after the housing crash, Americans are starting to move back there again," Badger writes. From 2011 to 2013 urban areas saw faster growth than exurbs. But Census data released last week "show that the exurbs are now again growing faster than more urban places, according to Brookings Institution demographer William Frey."

Frey said it's too early to tell if this trend will continue, Badger writes. He told her, "It’s not going to be reverting back to the early part of 2000s when we had this maniac exurban and suburban growth . . . We’ll have to wait until there's a generation of kids that come out that have opportunities to make decisions based on their preferences rather than just constraints. That’s not yet happened, either. It may be starting to happen." (Post graphic)

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