Where Are Working-Age Americans Moving?

Househappy —  January 10, 2014 — Leave a comment
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New Orleans made all three lists, photo via Forbes

Do you ever wonder where different age groups are moving to in the U.S? Demographer Wendell Cox studied migration patterns from 2007 to 2012 among three different age groups to see what cities they were moving to.

A significant number of young people moved to bigger cities to live the urban life, but as they aged the suburbs were where they settled down to start a family. The three groups studied were people who were 15-29, 30-44 and 45-59 in 2007. In 2012, five years later, the differences in population changes from 51 U.S. metropolitan statistical areas were recorded.

Here are the top five cities from each age group:

Youth magnet cities

  1. San Francisco – Growth in young adult population, 2007-12: 20.7%
  2. Seattle – Growth in young adult population, 2007-12: 20.3%
  3. Washington, D.C.-VA-MD – Growth in young adult population, 2007-12: 18.1%
  4. Austin – Growth in young adult population, 2007-12: 18.1%
  5. Orlando – Growth in young adult population, 2007-12: 17.6%

Workers in their prime

  1. New Orleans – Growth in population of 30-44 age cohort in 2007 by 2012, when they were 35-49: 19.3%
  2. Miami – Growth in population, 2007-12: 8.8%
  3. San Antonio – Growth in population, 2007-12: 7.8%
  4. Raleigh – Growth in population, 2007-12: 7.4%
  5. Charlotte – Growth in population, 2007-12: 7.2%

Mature workers

  1. New Orleans – Increase in population of 45-59 age cohort in 2007 by 2012, when they were 50-64: 7.9%
  2. Riverside-San Bernardino – Growth in population, 2007-12: 7.4%
  3. San Antonio – Growth in population, 2007-12: 7.3%
  4. Tampa-St. Petersburg – Growth in population, 2007-12: 5%
  5. Austin – Growth in population, 2007-12: 3.7%

The article can be found in its original form on FORBES.

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