The Wall Street Journal Bursts Some U.S. Migration Myths

The end of the suburbs is not approaching, and Americans are not hypermobile
January 26, 2015

The popular perceptions of how people travel to, from, and within the U.S. often don’t match the actual numbers. The Wall Street Journal's Neil Shah busts five of those myths.


For one, Americans are not as mobile as they used to be, as intracountry migration has been on the decline for 20 years. Another perception is that young adults – and future, working Americans in general – are abandoning the idea of settling in the suburbs for city life. But moving away from sparsely populated areas to somewhere with an urban “core” is not the same as actually moving to a city, and multiple surveys have found that a larger share of young adults still aspire to move to and settle in the suburbs.


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