On The Move
Michael Barone has a fascinating analysis of some county-level American census data here. His conclusions:
- Americans continue to flee the central cities, especially New York, San Francisco, Chicago, L.A., and Boston.
- That outmigration is tempered somewhat by immigration from outside the U.S., but only in L.A. does immigration offset internal outmigration.
- The true American boomtowns today are Phoenix, Las Vegas, Tampa, Atlanta, and Orlando.
- Americans continue to move south and west in droves.
- Almost all the exploding counties tend to vote conservative Republican, almost all the imploding counties tend to vote liberal Democratic.
The results comport with the research of Joel Kotkin -- though it would also be interesting to look at percentage increases and decreases rather than raw numbers.
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