REPORT
Mar 31, 2015
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?

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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]

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