Boston loses 19,000 residents over four year period – but not due to high housing costs
This article doesn’t make any sense!
The article begins, “Skyrocketing housing prices are driving people from San Francisco, Boston and other big cities.”
However, nowhere does the reporter state where this conclusion comes from – she quotes census figures showing that the big cities are losing residents, but gives no data to support her conclusion that this is because of high housing prices.
Aren’t people moving to warmer climates because they’re old?
Also, the population of Boston has decreased by 19,000 people between April 2000 and July 2004 – but how many of those moved away and how many of those just up and died of old age?
By Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press
Skyrocketing housing prices are driving people from San Francisco, Boston and other big cities. Warm weather and more affordable living are behind the rapid growth in midsize cities in Florida, Arizona, Nevada and California.
Census Bureau figures being released Thursday show no letup in the migration to the South and West, which are home to all 10 of the fastest-growing cities with at least 100,000 people.
The Phoenix suburb of Gilbert, Ariz., topped the list. The city grew by more than 46,000 people, or 42 percent, to just over 156,000 residents in a little over four years.
Next on the list ranked by percentage gain was Miramar, Fla., followed by North Las Vegas, Nev.; Port St. Lucie, Fla.; and Roseville, Calif. Rounding out the top 10 were Henderson, Nev.; Chandler, Ariz.; Cape Coral, Fla.; and Rancho Cucamonga and Irvine, both in California.
San Francisco and Boston found themselves among the cities losing the most people between April 2000 and July 2004. Boston, for example, shed more than 19,000 people, or 3.4 percent of its population. San Francisco lost 32,000, or 4.2 percent.
Growth of US cities over 100,000 Growth of Mass. cities, towns
“People like to live in smaller places and a lot of it’s propelled by the sharp spike in housing costs in the inner and more attractive cities,” said William H. Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution in Washington. “People want to get as much housing as they can for their dollars.”
The median price for a single-family home in Gilbert is around $220,000, compared with more than $387,000 in Boston and $641,000 in San Francisco.
Link: Americans migrate to cities in South, West
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