Professionals looking to get ahead are relocating to these burgeoning areas.
Relos roost in "Relovilles" that cater largely to them--young, mid- and upscale suburbs near their companies' plants and office parks. To define “Relovilles", Forbes focused on communities with populations of 25,000 and over, and used data from 2000 to 2007 Census records. They looked for the number of people in each town who were born out-of-state or abroad, who had moved to town from a considerable distance within one and five years, and who had moved for a job.
Compared with the rest of the U.S., the top 25 “Relovilles” that emerged from the analysis generally have twice the incomes, twice the home values and home sizes, twice the college degrees, twice as many youth and half as many elderly, twice the divorce rates and twice the numbers of residents who vote Republican. They have less than half as many African Americans and more than twice as many Asians.
Relovilles don't lend themselves to crisp definition. Census takers don't track serial movers as such. Like other young and affluent suburbs, they boast of their "charm" and "small-town feel," "tree-lined neighborhoods," and "historic," if often brand new, downtowns. They are safe and litter-free, with roads that curl like spaghetti through subdivisions and stopping at cul-de-sacs and shopping strips lined with the brands of familiar retail chains. (7/7/09)
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