Suburban Population Accelerates, While Urban Growth Slows

Lower-density suburbs experienced the fastest growth in 2016

By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor | April 6, 2017

Population growth slowed in major U.S. cities in 2016, for the fifth year in a row. Analysis by FiveThirtyEight of Census Bureau data indicates that lower-density suburbs experienced the fastest growth, an average of 1.3%, in 2016. That was the fastest rate in those areas since the housing crash that began in 2008. Low-density suburbs in the South and West grew even faster, by 2%.

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