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​​Five Fast Facts Analyzing the United States Census​

Sam Tenenbaum • 6/1/2023

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released county and metro-level population growth data, revealing key trends for all commercial real estate, allowing Cushman & Wakefield to analyze the movement of people across the country.  

  1. Further-flung counties, those in Exurbs and Emerging suburbs, saw their population grow the fastest, with the former growing by 1.9% and the latter by 1.5%. These areas continue to accelerate population gains.*  

  2. All districts saw population gains with the exception of Urban Cores. However, with international migration making a big rebound in 2022, those counties saw the biggest change in population, stemming the tide of major population declines experienced from 2020-2021.  

  3. Urban cores saw 70% of international migration among major U.S. counties in 2022 but high costs pushed more residents out, with domestic migration outflows of more than 1.1 million people.  

  4. Mirroring the urban core rebound, Gateway markets largely saw the largest turnaround in population growth with New York, San Francisco, King County (Seattle) and Miami representing the biggest change in population growth from 2021 to 2022. New York and San Francisco still saw net population losses, but they were much limited than 2021.  

  5. The Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex grew by roughly 170,000 residents, dwarfing No. 2 Houston by nearly 50,000 people. On the other hand, the New York metro division saw its population shrink by about 139,000. Since the 2020 Census, Austin, TX and Raleigh, NC rank as the two fastest growing metros on a percentage basis among major markets.

* Using definitions from Brookings, we mapped county-level population to districts  

Average Yearly Population Changes


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