January 10, 2014
Stuck: Why Americans Stopped Moving to the Richest States

In 1865, Horace Greeley said “go west, young man,” and, for a century and a half, men and women, young and old, were keen to listen. Even into the early 2000s, the sunbelt stretching into the suburban southwest fattened with new housing developments—ultimately, to disastrous effect. But in the last decade, the ambition to go west has been replaced with a lazier notion—to "stay put."

"Americans are moving far less often than in the past, and when they do migrate it is typically no longer from places with low wages to places with higher wages," Tim Noah wrote in Washington Monthly. “Rather, it’s the reverse.” Why America lost her wanderlust is not entirely clear—perhaps dual-earner households make long moves less likely; perhaps the Great Recession pinned underwater homeowners on their plots—but those still wandering aren’t going to the right cities.
When Greeley suggested a westward move, he wasn’t making an argument for sun and gold. He was, above all, suggesting that young people escape from areas with expensive housing
Read more. [Image: Reuters]

Stuck: Why Americans Stopped Moving to the Richest States

In 1865, Horace Greeley said “go west, young man,” and, for a century and a half, men and women, young and old, were keen to listen. Even into the early 2000s, the sunbelt stretching into the suburban southwest fattened with new housing developments—ultimately, to disastrous effect. But in the last decade, the ambition to go west has been replaced with a lazier notion—to "stay put."

"Americans are moving far less often than in the past, and when they do migrate it is typically no longer from places with low wages to places with higher wages," Tim Noah wrote in Washington Monthly. “Rather, it’s the reverse.” Why America lost her wanderlust is not entirely clear—perhaps dual-earner households make long moves less likely; perhaps the Great Recession pinned underwater homeowners on their plots—but those still wandering aren’t going to the right cities.

When Greeley suggested a westward move, he wasn’t making an argument for sun and gold. He was, above all, suggesting that young people escape from areas with expensive housing

Read more. [Image: Reuters]

  1. toastyslayingbutter reblogged this from dynastylnoire
  2. idyllwildlandscapes reblogged this from plurdledgabbleblotchits
  3. truth-has-a-liberal-bias reblogged this from theatlantic
  4. weckalis reblogged this from theatlantic
  5. plurdledgabbleblotchits reblogged this from theatlantic and added:
    Now, American families are merely rushing to areas with the most affordable homes. But this often leads people to cities...
  6. rendian1144 reblogged this from theatlantic
  7. latbb reblogged this from themidnightclub
  8. tim968posts reblogged this from theatlantic
  9. aperturesci reblogged this from theatlantic
  10. amymimi711 reblogged this from theatlantic
  11. sandmtntexan reblogged this from theatlantic
  12. bitcoitus reblogged this from theatlantic
  13. a-imighthavechangedmyname reblogged this from theatlantic
  14. citylifechange23 reblogged this from theatlantic
  15. themidnightclub reblogged this from ratsoff
  16. theclothiercredo reblogged this from theatlantic
  17. thesoundofthesun reblogged this from theatlantic