Suburbs Outstrip Cities in Population Growth


Even as buzz continues to grow over walkable urbanism and downtown centers, the American suburbs continue to outpace cities in total population growth, according to a new study by the Urban Land Institute. That study may have strong implications for designers, developers, and elected officials alike, Laura Kusisto reports:

Big cities may be getting all the attention, but the suburbs are holding their own in the battle for population and young earners.

That is the thrust of a study of population trends and housing set to be released Monday by the Urban Land Institute’s Terwilliger Center for Housing, a nonprofit real-estate research group.

Property developers and urban-policy experts have trumpeted the influx of young, affluent professionals into big central cities in recent years. The shift has transformed downtown areas, sparking a historic boom in luxury-apartment construction and retail development.

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