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4 charts show how fast everyone is flocking back to big cities

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After shedding residents through much of the pandemic, cities are bouncing back.

The onset of lockdowns in early 2020 eroded the appeal of the US’s largest cities. Residents looking for more space and cheaper housing fled metropolitan areas in large numbers, with New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles seeing huge out-migration.

And as city populations shrank, the exurbs thrived. These neighborhoods — characterized by affordable housing, low population density, and a reasonable weekly commute — saw strong gains in occupancy as city-dwellers flocked to the once-neglected areas.

That population shift is now reversing course, according to details ⇒

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