Metropolitan Areas

Mark Byrnes

How Federalism Has Failed Cities (And Also Might Reinvigorate Them)

Metros as the new sovereign.

MPI's Zara Matheson

The Geography of America's Freelance Economy

The metros and occupations where independent workers earn the most.

Zara Matheson/MPI

To Get America Growing Again, We Have to Look to Our Most Productive Metro Areas

The United States is not just as a single national economy but a collection of city and metro economies, and they're growing at starkly different rates.

Zara Matheson

Where Are the Most Uninsured Americans?

It varies widely across the country.

OECD

In Search of a Uniform Way to Define the City

To understand and compare modern metropolises, city borders just don't cut it.

Keith Bedford / Reuters

America's Leading College Towns

Mapping the metros with the largest share and largest number of college students.

CEOs for Cities

Vital Signs of City Performance

Tracking 29 indicators of urban success.

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19 Metros That Will Hit 1 Million By 2042

A new report predicts that more than half of America will live in a metro area with a million people or more by 2042.

Reuters

Exurbs, the Fastest Growing Areas in the U.S.

When comparing areas on the fringe to growth in metros, the exurbs are gaining big.

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The Psychology Behind Why Creative People Cluster

Research reveals why highly creative people who are open to new experience find themselves drawn to certain places.

Reuters

The New Geography of the Working Class

Which metros have the largest share of working class jobs?

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Too Many Metro Areas Are Still Failing to Connect Workers and Jobs

Most jobs are near mass transit. But actually taking transit to work is out of the question for most Americans.

Reuters

The New Geography of the Service Class

Which metros have the largest share of service class workers?

How Your City May Have Affected Your Raise

Wage growth varies considerably by metropolitan area, according to numbers from the most recent quarter.

Nate Berg

Urban vs. Suburban Growth in U.S. Metros

It's cities versus suburbs in these maps of population growth.

Reuters

U.S. Metros Are Ground Zero for Majority-Minority Populations

More than half of all babies now born in America are minorities. Here's how that's already playing out at the metropolitan level.

Reuters

Which Parts of the Country Produce the Most NFL Players?

Despite Friday Night Lights portrayals, there's a lot more geographic diversity in NFL prospects than you might think.

Reuters

Wages Are on the Rise in U.S. Cities

Over the last year, wages increased in all but three of the largest 20 metros.

Where Housing Is Making a Comeback

There are signs that the U.S. housing market is finally bouncing off its bottom.