Americans are fleeing blue cities — and their suburbs

and the failure or deliberate refusal to maintain law and order have generated a downward spiral of living conditions. Now, suburbanites are increasingly deserting high-tax, high-disorder urban areas as well.

“Major metropolitan areas (over 1,000,000 population) lost 2 million net domestic migrants to other parts of the nation in just three years (2021-2023),” the Committee to Unleash Prosperity reports.

This exodus is not just a matter of Americans in big cities moving to nearby suburbs. Suburban counties in the New York City metro area lost more than 200,000 people between 2020 and 2023. Cities surrounding Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Miami also lost population during that time, the report notes.

This makes sense given that many suburbanites work within the city limits or patronize businesses there and are thus made vulnerable to the rise in urban pathologies.

UHaul by Yuheng Ouyang is licensed under Unsplash
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