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Data nerds rejoice: Recent federal releases highlight population trends, metropolitan job growth
Eli Dile   on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 12:00:00 am

The U.S. Census Bureau’s newly released population estimates through last year indicate the Sun Belt continues to win big. The data also show the resumption of a trend that stalled during the Great Recession – suburbanization. After years of a “back to the city” trend, exurban and low-density suburban counties are now growing at rates not seen since 2008, while growth in the urban core has been cut in half.

Other population trends of note:

  • Smaller metropolitan areas (especially in the Northeast and Midwest) are growing at a rate not seen since 2010, while large metropolitan area growth rates are trending downward (their lowest since 1990).
  • Rural areas gained population for the first time since 2010 (Stateline). Among rural counties, those with at least 10,000 people grew the fastest at 0.1 percent.

Jobs: The Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 job growth data were also recently released (Urbanophile). Rounding out the top 10 cities for fastest job growth are:

Riverside-San Bernardino, Calif., (3.55 percent)

Austin, Texas, (3.21 percent)

Nashville, Tenn., (3.17 percent)

Orlando, Fla., (3.16 percent)

Jacksonville, Fla., (3.16 percent)

Charlotte, N.C., (2.93 percent)

Las Vegas, Nev., (2.88 percent)

Phoenix, Az., (2.77 percent)

Dallas, Texas, (2.67 percent), and

Raleigh, N.C., (2.67 percent).


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