Yes, but: As more and more millennials marry and have children, that presumption is coming under scrutiny.
What’s happening: The forecast of global massive urbanization was important since it suggested that vast swaths of countryside would empty out, and we would adopt entirely new lifestyles.
But, in a mea culpa at Brookings, William Frey, a demographer, said that, based on new census data, he has changed his mind on what he thought was a mass urbanization trend. He still thinks that cities will attract “young people — especially well-off, affluent millennials and post-millennials.”
“But this won’t be most cities,” he tells Axios. “And, for this younger generation, what I see is more clustered developments within the suburbs, and smaller metros, greater reliance on public transportation and perhaps ride-hailing and self-driving cars.”