The twists and turns of metropolitan population growth are reviewed in William Frey’s examination of recently released Census Bureau data separating the bubble and bust years of the past decade.
Key urban demographic changes from 1980-2010:
--Metropolitan growth in both the Sun Belt and Snow Belt tapered in the 2000s, after accelerating in the 1990s.
--Growth slowed considerably during the latter part of the 2000s, especially in “bubble economy” metropolitan areas.
--Suburbs continued to grow more rapidly than cities in the 2000s, but growth rates for both types of places declined from their 1990s levels.
--Exurban and outer suburban counties experienced a population boom and bust in the 2000s.
--Hispanic dispersion to “new destination” metropolitan areas and suburbs dropped sharply in the late 2000s.