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    From 2001 to 2006, nearly 1 in 7 people aged 25 to 44 moved from a central municipality to a surrounding municipality in Canada's three largest census metropolitan areas (CMAs): Toronto, Montréal and Vancouver.

    The reverse was much less likely. The proportion of people who left a surrounding municipality for a central municipality was less than 5% in the three CMAs.

    The central municipalities all suffered a net loss of people aged 25 to 44 to the surrounding municipalities. In Toronto in particular, for each person who moved from a surrounding municipality to the central municipality, 3.5 people did the opposite.

    The groups most likely to move to a surrounding municipality from downtown were new parents, people with a college or trades diploma, and people whose after-tax income was between $70,000 and $99,999. Younger people, childless couples and people with a roommate or low income were more inclined to live in a central municipality.

    Chart 24.3 Migration away from selected census metropolitan area centres, by age group, 2001 to 2006
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