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Survey: More young Americans are heading downtown

Downtown is the place to be for many young Americans.

Downtown is the place to be for many young Americans.

A new study appears to indicate more people - particularly young, educated adults - are moving to the downtown portions of America's largest cities.

The rate of 20-year-olds and 30-year-olds relocating to the urban portions of the country's 51 largest cities has increased two-fold compared to the surrounding neighborhoods over the past 10 years, according to a report from CEO for Cities, a nonprofit organization that advocates the development of metropolitan locations.

A representative for the organization told USA Today that this is a positive development for city dwellers.

"This is a real glimmer of hope," said Carol Coletta president of CEOs for Cities. "Clearly, the next generation of Americans is looking for different kinds of lifestyles - walkable, art, culture, entertainment."

The study also found that people moving closer to the city - which the study defines as within three miles - are more likely to have finished four years of college compared to those who live in a city's suburbs.

Coletta said even distressed communities like Detroit and Cleveland are seeing more well-educated people move to the heart of the city. An Atlas Van Lines study released earlier this year found that Ohio had the highest percentage of outbound moves in 2010.