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Seven of the nation's 10 fastest growing metro areas are in Florida and Texas. These Sun Belt cities are more affordable than coastal cities like New York, San Francisco and Boston.

In those coastal cities, people who leave are being replaced by immigrants. That is not the case in Chicago, which has the highest net migration decline in the country over the past five years.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks with Derek Thompson, senior editor for The Atlantic, about the move from big cities to the Sun Belt and why so many are leaving Chicago.

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This segment aired on March 28, 2016.

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