A Student of History

May 8, 2007

The Realignment of America?

Filed under: The world today — John Maass @ 7:35 am

The Wall Street Journal has an intersting column today from Michael Barone, entitled “The Realignment of America,” in which he interprets census data and migration patters in and out of the biggest cities in the U.S. 

He finds that “Americans are now moving out of, not into, coastal California and South Florida, and in very large numbers they’re moving out of our largest metro areas. They’re fleeing hip Boston and San Francisco, and after eight decades of moving to Washington they’re moving out. The domestic outflow from these metro areas is 3.9 million people, 650,000 a year. High housing costs, high taxes, a distaste in some cases for the burgeoning immigrant populations–these are driving many Americans elsewhere.”

This is a reversal of trends over the past few decades, and has created in cities what he has termed “a two-tiered society,” where it seems that “large affluent populations happily contemplating (at least until recently) their rapidly rising housing values, and a large, mostly immigrant working class working at low wages and struggling to move up the economic ladder.”

The rest of the article is here.

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