People are on the move again, and with that new trends are afoot. A year after migration changes led to residents exiting some of the country's key metropolitan counties, many are returning, according to the recently released U.S. Census Bureau's Vintage 2022 estimates.

Among the top two counties—out of the country's 3,144–experiencing this trend are New York County (Manhattan) in New York and San Francisco County in California. New York had a slight net domestic outflow of 2,908 this year, a sizable turnaround from the outmigration of -98,566 the prior year. In San Francisco, the outmigration hasn't yet turned positive but is pointed in that direction at -9,421 this year, versus -57,611 a year ago.

"The migration and growth patterns for counties edged closer to pre-pandemic levels this year," said Dr. Christine Hartley, assistant division chief for estimates and projections in the Census Bureau's population division, in prepared comments.

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