As predicted


The South still attracts the most domestic migrants of any U.S. region. Last year, it boasted six of the top eight states in terms of net domestic migration — Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia. Texas and Florida alone gained 250,000 net migrants. The top four losers were deep blue New York, Illinois, New Jersey and California…

these states are nurturing families, in contrast to the Great Lakes states, the Northeast and California. Texas, for example, has increased its under 10 population by over 17% over the past decade; all the former confederate states, outside of Katrina-ravaged Mississippi and Louisiana, gained between 5% and 10%. On the flip side, under 10 populations declined in Illinois, Michigan, New York and California. Houston, Austin, Dallas, Charlotte, Atlanta and Raleigh also saw their child populations rise by at least twice the 10% rate of the rest country over the past decade while New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and Chicago areas experienced declines…

the four best states for business, according to CEO Magazine, were Texas, Florida, North Carolina and Tennessee. They are also much less unionized, an important factor for foreign and expanding domestic firms. Despite a tough time in the Great Recession, overall unemployment in the region now is less than in either the West or the Northeast. As manufacturing has recovered, employment has rebounded quicker in the Southeast than in the rival Great Lakes region…

Over the past decade, the number of college graduates in Austin and Charlotte grew by a remarkable 50%; Baton Rouge, Nashville, Houston, Tampa, Dallas and Atlanta all expanded their educated populations by 35% or more. This easily eclipsed the performance of such “brain center” metropolitan areas as Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco or Chicago. Then there’s the question of critical mass; Atlanta alone added more than 300,000 residents with bachelor’s degrees over the past decade, more than Philadelphia and Miami and almost 70,000 more than Boston…a good portion of these new educated residents are coming from places such as greater New York, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles.

As predicted, the migration from blue to red continues apace. Main question: will the new residents bring the values and beliefs of the places they are fleeing?

2 Responses to “As predicted”

  1. gs Says:

    Main question: will the new residents bring the values and beliefs of the places they are fleeing?

    That’s happened in New Hampshire and, some decades earlier, in Vermont.

    Here’s a tee shirt from down South: We Don’t Care How You Did It Up North. Supposedly there’s a bumper sticker in the Mountain West that declares I Don’t Care How You Did Things in California.

  2. benning Says:

    “We Don’t Care How You Did It Up North” – also a popular bumper-sticker in Florida. :)

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