Many U.S. metropolitan areas that used to be considered popular destinations lost residents to other parts of the nation last year, according to a Bloomberg News analysis of U.S. census data from July 2013 to July 2014.

In many cases, housing costs are driving residents away, while the availability of both low-skilled and very high-skilled jobs are drawing foreigners, Bloomberg says. 

The study looked at the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas. The study noted that in some metropolitan areas, the drain of domestic residents was offset, either partially or totally, by an influx of foreign residents—a trend that is shifting the demographics of these areas.

Here are the 20 areas that lost the most domestic residents to other regions of the country and the percent of that population lost. The area that lost the most is listed last. (Several areas tied.)


19. Cleveland-Elyria, -0.38%