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Suburbs Are the Hot New Destination

The fastest-growing areas are in the South and West.

During the first 15 years of the century, Americans flocked to cities. Today suburbs are the hot new destination. According to Census data, the top 10 fastest-growing counties last year were in the South and West of the U.S. The Dallas/Fort Worth area added the most people, 146,000, three times as many as New York. A few drivers of the trend: More baby boomers are retiring in warm, low-density areas; high costs in cities keep would-be residents away; and as millennials have kids, they’re deciding that having a lawn might not be so bad.