There is an acrimonious debate between urbanists and anti-urbanists. Some analysts say emphatically that the suburbs are unpopular and that people are fleeing them for the dense city core of metropolitan areas. Others say the opposite.

But based on population trends, it seems that neither side is the clear winner.

About the writer: James M. Hohman is the director of fiscal policy for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. He holds a degree in economics from Northwood University in Midland.

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