People are getting out of US cities and looking to live in smaller ones

May 10 – Social media postings have shown that a record number of Americans were leaving the big cities to move to smaller ones in 2023. 

The remote work-from-home boom during the pandemic saw a lot of people being able to leave the cities and set up shop in more out-of-the-way areas. 

Some people are wondering what this population shift could bring to small towns. 

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM noted, “This is not a surprise. As long as whatever you’re running from in the big cities, whether it’s crime, whether it’s red tape, whether it’s activist councils and mayors, don’t bring that crap to the small cities and that seems to be a bell being rung by a lot of people. Keep your activism, if you like the activism or you want to bring your lefty activism to the smaller cities, save it.” 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “That’s precisely the problem. To some extent, you’re seeing that here even in this region. Certain pockets are seeing tremendous population growth and it’s almost entirely people moving from cities, metropolitan suburban areas, that want to get out to smaller cities, more rural areas, and that’s a good thing. But you’re seeing that demographic shifts happen all over the country. Cities are losing populations like they’ve not maybe in history, but those people have to land somewhere and they’re often landing in more rural areas or what the demographers call small cities and that’s changing things very quickly.”