According to the 2010 Census, for the first time in decades, metropolitan areas have grown all across the country. Between 2000 and 2010, there has been a huge increases in residents in and around downtown areas. Cities with a population of more than 5 million saw a 13 percent growth rate of areas within two miles of city hall (where, for all intents and purposes, is the central downtown area of a city). The total metropolitan area population was at 258 million in 2010, and 16.1 million of these residents lived within 2 miles of the city hall. And 21 percent of America’s total metro population—54 million people—live within 4 miles of city hall.
All this data does not mean to conclude that people aren’t still moving into suburbs and away from metro areas. Some cities like New Orleans and Baltimore saw a decrease of up to 30% in there metropolitan populations.
But for now, and for the first time in a while, it seems like we’re moving back to central city. Hello urban renewal.