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This issue of Review of Applied Urban Research features "Change Develops in Migration Patterns: Destinations of Household Moves from the City of Omaha, 1975-76 and 1977-78," by Armin K. Ludwig.

American Migratory Patterns between 1970 and 1976 began to reflect a growing tendency for metropolitan counties (SMSA's)1 to suffer net migration losses and for nonmetropolitan counties to record net migration gains. The nonmetropolitan counties which had the largest net gains were those which are contiguous to an SMSA and which thus form a metropolitan fringe. This contiguity of SMSA and fringe suggests that a loss in a given SMSA is directly related to a gain in its fringe counties and that these gains represent a continuation of urban sprawl.