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Growth in America is Tilting Toward Smaller Cities

by Joel Kotkin and Michael Shires – We are often told that America’s future lies in our big cities. That may no longer be entirely true. Some of the strongest job creation and population growth is now occurring in smaller cities of 1 million people or less.

Photo credit: Nashville Skyline by Peter Miller

Finance Flies West, and South

The recently announced departure of New York City-based Alliance Bernstein for Nashville, taking more than 1,000 jobs with it, suggests a potential loosening of New York’s iron grip on the financial-services industry. Other forces are at work, too, notably demographic shifts to Sunbelt states and the growing influence of technology companies on finance.

Big Tex is reflected in Simone Elices' sunglasses in Dallas on Sept. 23, 2016. (Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)

The Best Cities For Jobs 2018: Dallas And Austin Lead The Surging South

by Joel Kotkin and Michael Shires — Among America’s largest metropolitan areas, the economic leaders come in two flavors: Southern-fried and West Coast organic. The first group flourishes across a broad range of industries, fed by strong domestic in-migration and a friendly business climate.

Talent search in business setting

Where Talent Wants to Live

by Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox – With unemployment down and wages rising, there’s growing concern that a lengthy and potentially crippling talent shortage will sweep the U.S. Addressing this could become a critical issue for businesses competing with Asian and European firms facing similar and, in many ways, more severe shortages.

Looking Beyond On-Party Rule in California

It’s been a half century since Ronald Reagan shocked California, and the nation, by beating the late Pat Brown for governor by a million votes. Yet although the Republican Party is a shadow of its mid-20th century form…

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Giving Common Sense a Chance in California

In California, where Governor Jerry Brown celebrates “the coercive power of the state” and advocates “brainwashing” for the un-anointed, victories against Leviathan are rare. Yet last week brought just such a triumph…

The Midwest is Booming – Just Not Where You Think

The Midwest is booming, but not where you might think. Kansas City, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Columbus, Grand Rapids, and Des Moines are the fastest-growing cities in the Midwest—lapping bigger hubs like Detroit, Cleveland, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and even Chicago that are still suffering from stagnant economies and slow or even negative population growth.

Paul Ryan photo by Gage Skidmore

The End of the ‘Libertarian Moment’

Departing Speaker Paul Ryan may have been personally a cut above his critics on the right and left, but he ended up the victim of his own ideology. Now intellectual right-wingers fear that the much anticipated “libertarian moment” has come and gone.

Suburbs Could End Up On The Cutting Edge of Urban Change

Americans continue to do what they have done for at least a half century – spread out, innovate and, in the process, re-create the urban form. Overwhelmingly, suburbs are where most growth is happening. Since 2010 suburbs and exurbs have produced roughly 80 percent of all new jobs.

Suburbia booms as out-migration from megacities accelerates.

What the Census Numbers Tell Us

by Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox — Population growth in New York, L.A., and other big coastal centers lags that of more affordable midsize metros, where Americans are moving. The most recent Census population estimates revealed something that the mainstream media would prefer to ignore—out-migration from big cities, including New York.