On Thursday, the U.S. Census Bureau released a study indicating expedited population growth in western states and Florida over the course of the past year.
The positive, re-emerging economic status of the United States is prompting many Americans to move away from Rust Belt cities in Illinois, Michigan, New York, and Pennsylvania in search of opportunities in better climates (both environmentally and financially). There are also more retirees within the demographics.
In total, 81,000 new residents moved to Maricopa County in Arizona between July 2015 and July 2016, taking the top spot of most “moved to” state. In statistical perspective, that means 222 people moved to the border state every day within that timespan.
Texas followed in second place with Harris County, home to the city of Houston, which took in 56,000 people in the same timespan (155 moved there per day).
In third place was Las Vegas’ Clark County in Nevada, boasting 46,000 new residents.
Notable other mentions of mass residential migration include areas such as Seattle and Los Angeles. William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institute, notes the major differences of population growth in the U.S.:
“Major Sun Belt metros are starting to grow more rapidly. We’re not where we were in the first part of the 2000s before the recession and the mortgage meltdown came along. There’s a glimmer of movement toward the suburbs and the exurbs coming back.”
Conversely, about sixty Rust Belt states lost 1,000 residents over the past year. Chicago’s Cook County lost a jaw-dropping 21,000 residents over the same time period. The seven states with the most significant loss of population are Illinois, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Vermont, Wyoming, and Mississippi.
Below is a breakdown of the Census Bureau’s results, courtesy of The Hill:
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