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New Census data: Selective city slowdowns and the city-suburb growth gap

May 21, 2015, William H. Frey

Newly released census statistics on cities through July 2014 allow us to make some firm observations about city demographic resurgence—depending on which cities were are talking about. On the one hand, big cities continue to grow considerably faster than in the previous decade and earlier, providing fuel to those who believe that increased city living could be a signature trend for the decades ahead. On the other hand, city growth appears to have peaked, with growth slowdowns especially apparent in the nation’s most populous urban centers.

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