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Census Data Shows Americans Moving To Sun Belt Burbs Over Cities

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The Great Recession put a pause on traditional U.S. migration patterns, but new data suggests things may be returning to normal.

Recent U.S. Census Bureau population estimates revealed Americans once again began to shift from cities to the suburbs and from the North to the South in 2016, the Wall Street Journal reports. The data said metro areas grew 0.7% last year while the suburban populations expanded 1%, marking a shift after two years of equal growth.

Experts attributed the shift to up-and-coming suburban job markets and aging Millennials finally establishing themselves and their families after years of recession, all of which is good news for Sun Belt metros, which experts said are experiencing population gains as residents begin to flee the largest U.S. metros.