Much has been written about the mass exodus from dense coastal urban cities as the pandemic wears on, with markets in the Sunbelt and Mountain West reaping the benefits of that population growth. And in the future, experts at JLL expect the line between gateway and growth markets to continue to blur. 

“Gateway cities have and always will be attractive from both a resident and investor standpoint,” JLL notes in its latest investor alert. “However, the pandemic has accelerated migration trends to a handful of rising star cities and as a result, investors are following suit…Gateway markets such as New York City and San Francisco will always attract and retain both residents and companies, however the ‘new gateway’ cities will be more in favor from both classes on a go-forward basis.”