counter-urbanization

a process of migration away from cities towards their peripheries or to the country.
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counter-urbanization

The movement of people and places of employment from large cities to places outside the cities – these may be small towns, villages, or rural areas. Inner cities lose population as a result. In most areas, the movement is to small towns rather than to truly rural areas
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