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  • A warmer climate is luring Northerners down South
  • A warmer climate is luring Northerners down South
    Amanda Tipton, Creative Commons (2014) ©

Why Americans, young and old, are heading South

Drawn to a warm climate, Southern hospitality and economic opportunity, 1.2 million people left the Northeast and Midwest for the Sun Belt states between 2010 and 2013. But how will this mass migration to the South shape America’s urban development, cultural diversity and economic future? 

Location United States

After losing inhabitants during the recession, the Southern and Southwestern states – known as the Sun Belt region – are gaining strength, acting as population magnets for retirees and young families alike. Over 1.2 million people left the Northeast and Midwest for the South and Southwest between 2010 and 2013. [1

New York, New Jersey, California and Illinois are witnessing the largest levels of domestic migration in more than half a decade. [2] The majority of these people are being lured in by the warmer and more affordable Sun Belt states – particularly ...



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