Multiple reports are noting the reverse of “white flight” — that is, the fleeing of younger, educated whites back into the cities from the suburbs.
That leaves more minorities, impoverished and immigrants residing in the outskirts of the country’s largest cities, according to studies from Brookings Institution.
Brookings analyzed 2000-2008 census data, which shows 10 states — with Arizona in the lead — that are top in the nation for a cultural generation gap. The gap shows a disproportionately white senior population and children have mostly minority.
It is the first time that a majority of all racial and ethnic groups in large metropolitan area live outside the city.
The suburbs now have the largest poor population in the country, the New York Post reported.
Experts say the racial shift is caused by large numbers of minorities leaving the city and used the number of blacks leaving New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
At the same time, younger, educated whites are moving back to the cities for shorter commutes to jobs and access to nightlife, culture and entertainment.
Cities such as Washington, D.C., Atlanta, New York, San Francisco and Boston had “white share” gains.
“A new image of urban America is in the making,” William H. Frey, a Brookings demographer and co-author of the report, told the Associated Press. “What used to be white flight to the suburbs is turning into ‘bright flight’ to cities that have become magnets for aspiring young adults who see access to knowledge-based jobs, public transportation and a new city ambiance as an an attraction.”