Will the U.S. See a Large Population Migration to the Great Lakes Region?


Will the U.S. soon see another major rebalance of its population? Many populous areas within the country are experiencing flooding, drought, and impacts to agriculture. At what point will residents decide to move to a region that is may be more insulated from these challenges?

The Great Lakes Region, and cities such as Detroit, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Chicago, and Buffalo are poised to benefit from the migration, should it occur. These areas, once former economic centers for the nation, could be the sites for the next economic and real estate boom.

[1] Source: capradio. Map production by: Liz Anderson, Emily Zentner, Veronika Nagy. https://projects.capradio.org/california-fire-history/#5.24/37.809/-122.378

[2] Source: https://www.epa.gov/climate-indicators/climate-change-indicators-coastal-flooding

[3] “Great Lakes Region” by Lokal Profil, Urban Nerd, Derfel73
and Alex Covarrubias, used under CC-BY SA 3.0

[4] https://hazards.fema.gov/nri/riverine-flooding

[5] https://hazards.fema.gov/nri/hurricane

[6] https://hazards.fema.gov/nri/wildfire

[7] Van Berkel, D., Kalafatis, S., Gibbons, B., Naud, M., & Lemos, M. C. (2022). Planning for climate migration in Great Lake legacy cities. Earth’s Future, 10, e2022EF002942. https://doi.org/10.1029/2022EF002942

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