From July 1, 2020 to July 1, 2021, “New census data shows a huge spike in movement out of big metro areas during the pandemic,” Frey writes in an April 2022 paper, including “an absolute decline in the aggregate size of the nation’s 56 major metropolitan areas (those with populations exceeding 1 million).” This is the first time, Frey continues, “that the nation’s major metro areas registered an annual negative growth rate since at least 1990.”



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