Are Cities Becoming More Popular Than Suburbs?

Suburbs sprouted out of a desire to have the conveniences of urban life but also the space and privacy of living outside the city. In other words, the best of both worlds. And for decades, suburban areas, based on that promise, grew at a faster rate than the nation’s cities. Americans spread out from city centers and moved further and further away. But, according to a new report from the Urban Land Institute, we may now be starting to move back. In fact, between 2010 and 2015, dense urban locations saw their populations grow faster than the residential neighborhoods of their surrounding suburbs. There are a few reasons for this. One is that rental apartment inventory grew at about twice the rate of inventory in the suburbs. Also, there were more jobs created in city centers than in suburbia during this period. However, though there are many factors driving Americans back into the city, the report also notes that urban living costs more, which means younger Americans – who are most likely to desire an urban lifestyle – may be increasingly unable to afford it. More here.