Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Magnets for Millennials

Young adults are packing their bags and moving to the city. The nation's most urban counties gained more than 1 million 25-to-34-year-olds between 2008-10 and 2011-13, according to a Demo Memo analysis of the American Community Survey. This numerical gain is nearly double the increase in the number of 25-to-34-year-olds in all other counties combined.

There's more: The most urban counties, with a rank of 1 on the Rural-Urban Continuum (in metro areas with a population of 1 million or more), also saw the largest percentage increase in 25-to-34-year-olds between 2008-10 and 2011-13—a 4.5 percent rise. In the most rural counties, with a rank of 9 on the Rural-Urban Continuum, the number of 25-to-34-year-olds fell 4.8 percent during the time period.

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