From the Rust Belt to the Sun Belt

Classic American cities like Detroit, Toledo, Buffalo and Cleveland were once the thriving centers of U.S. manufacturing. These cities had a strong middle class, vibrant economic development and a quality of life that was second to none in the entire world. Sadly, these old cities have been ravaged by corporate relocation to places like Asia and South America. What’s been left behind is often called the “Rust Belt”, which describes the decaying factories and developments that now make up much of these once vibrant cities. As a response to massive job losses, families that once lived in the Rust Belt have moved away to find work. Many of them find themselves moving where cities are growing, the Sun Belt.

The Sun Belt is a term for areas of the country that are predominantly warmer than the North East: Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and California. These states saw dramatic increases in economic development and population as areas in the north started to fade. Many of largest cities in the nation are located in the Sun Belt. Cities like Orlando, Houston, Albuquerque and Phoenix are fast growing and typically have low unemployment. Many people from the North have found themselves moving to Texas in order to take advantage of the growing economy there.

Moving south isn’t just for job seekers though. Places like Florida and Arizona are extremely popular destinations for people who are retired. The warm climate and more affordable living costs are very appealing to seniors on a fixed income. Students also find themselves moving south to take advantage of growing University systems in growing states.

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