Economist Jed Kolko digests the just-released Census Bureau's 2015 population estimates for counties and metro areas and finds--not surprisingly--that the South and West are seeing a stronger population growth than the Northeast and Midwest. Six of the ten fastest growing metros of 2015 were in Florida and Texas.

Population growth in these metros was driven more by domestic migration than by international migration or “natural increase” (that is, births and deaths). All ten of the fastest-growing large metros had more in-migrants from the rest of the country than out-migrants.

College-educated young adults are much more likely to live in high-density urban neighborhoods than they used to, while seniors are increasingly likely to remain in suburban single-family homes. But, in aggregate, local population growth in 2015 looks ever more like it used to before the housing bubble, with the Sunbelt and the suburbs widening their leads.

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