Brookings: Migration to Sun Belt metro areas continues to surge

The last decade and a half has been a rollercoaster ride for metropolitan areas in the nation’s South and West. In the early 2000s, migration swelled in many of them, only to fall off during the recession and years immediately thereafter. But census population estimates through July 2015, released last week, make plain that the Sun Belt metro migration lull has not only subsided, as was hinted at last year, but could be on a pace for  substantial gains in metropolitan areas in the Southeast, Texas, and Mountain West for the remainder of the decade.

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