Amenity Migrants Transform US Resort Towns
Generally when we hear the word migrant, we think of people from other countries who come to live and work in the US. Yet many resort communities are experiencing an influx of “amenity migrants” — Americans seeking their piece of “paradise.”
This migration can cause a spike in growth and an increase in property values — leaving many low and middle-income families few opportunities to buy a home in their own community. Families are forced to leave the area or live in neighboring towns and commute to their jobs.
NPR investigates this transformation in Flagstaff, Arizona, where one out of every four homes is sold to a second homeowner, and what it means for the future of the community. To listen, visit www.npr.org.