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Report: U.S. suburbs attracting immigrants

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Almost 40 percent of immigrants in the United States have moved directly into suburbs nationwide, a study from the U.S. Census Bureau has found.

The bureau's annual survey of residential mobility found that while many major U.S. cities are still the main focus of new immigrants nationwide, almost 40 percent of recent immigrants have chosen suburbs as their new residential locale, The New York Times said Wednesday.

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Brookings Institution demographer William H. Frey said recent census figures have also shown that for the first time in more than 50 years, the number of U.S. citizens moving each year has stopped declining.

"For blacks, especially, it mimics the '50s-style suburban movement, most pronounced for married couples with children, owners and the upwardly mobile," he said.

Frey told the Times the mobility study found that a growing number of Hispanics in the United States have been moving to the southern states.

"The fast growth of construction and low-skilled jobs, plus the general affordability of parts of the South for upwardly mobile Hispanics, has made the South a key destination," he said.

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