Suburban Migration

Archive Report

Growth Trends of Suburbs and Cities

Sharp Acceleration of Movement to Suburbs

Returns from the 1960 census show a sharply accelerated population flow—out from the cities and in from small towns and rural areas—to the suburbs that girdle America's great metropolises. Collectively, the nation's suburbs grew in the past decade six times faster than their parent cities and accounted for nearly two-thirds of the total population increase.1 The movement to the suburbs, which has been going on for more than half a century, may be described as one of the great social revolutions of modern times. Now almost a “flight to the suburbs,” it is creating serious problems alike for the cities which are losing population and tax revenue and for the towns which are gaining ...

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