For the first time in history, densely populated areas of the United States curve south.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s population projections, in 2022 births will outnumber deaths and out-migration within and outside the country, with more than 1 million people in the South surpassing any other region.
The Northeast and Midwest lost their inhabitants, while the West gained 153,000. The West would have lost its population had immigration and births not outnumbered deaths.
By comparison, the South added 1.3 million new residents.
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Six of the 10 states with the biggest growth last year were in the South. These were led by Texas, Florida, North Carolina, and Georgia, in that order.
In particular, COVID-19 pandemic-related delays have changed the way the Census Bureau calculates estimates over the last decade.
According to the Associated Press, experts say the migration has something to do with affordable housing, low tax rates, the popularity of remote work and the retirement of baby boomers.
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Owen Glick, 56, moved to Florida from California over a year ago.
“We’re in a good financial position here for the price, but we’re spending more to maintain the property,” Glick told the agency.
Departures from the West will begin in 2021. Prior to that, domestic migration had been increasing every year since 2010.
A significant percentage of these departures were from people leaving California, but states such as Alaska, Hawaii, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington are also seeing annual declines in domestic immigration in 2021-22. I’m here.
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Moreover, in several western states where internal immigration is increasing year by year, such as Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and Utah, these increases were smaller than in the previous year.
Associated Press contributed to this report.