A Roundup of Census News

March 24, 2010 by Emsi Burning Glass

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With the release of new population estimates by the Census Bureau yesterday, there is lots of reaction on newspapers and blogs as you might imagine. Here’s a roundup of links.

The consensus: People are moving (or staying) where the jobs are.

> The Washington Post has this piece on the brisk pace of the D.C. area’s growth — no Eastern seaboard city grew faster. Surmised John McClain of George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis: “It’s got to be people moving here for jobs. We are the healthiest economy of the whole country, in terms of how we have fared during the recession, relative to jobs.

> This look at U.S. migrations patterns from The Wall Street Journal is worth a look. The paper has a fascinating interactive graphic that shows the slowdown of movement to the Sun Belt and sudden out-migration in cities like Las Vegas and Orlando — as well as New York, much of California and southern Florida.

The shifts represent a radical departure from the migration patterns that had made cities such as Las Vegas and Orlando some of the country’s fastest-growing. For decades, people have been leaving colder Northeastern and Midwestern states, either to retire or to chase better weather and jobs in the South and West.

“It’s unprecedented to see areas like Las Vegas and Orlando, just blue-chip destinations for anybody who wanted to move, to stop and stay stopped over a couple of years,” said William Frey, a demographer with the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank.

> The Associated Press points out how 126 of 440 so-called retirement counties lost population during the recession.

> The Dallas-Forth Worth area added more people than any other major metro area last year, the Dallas Morning News write. Houston ranked second by adding 141,00 residents (compared to Dallas’ 147,000).

> The Denver Post has an article on Denver’s unusual population growth compared to other counties on the Front Range.

> The New York Times writes on how Manhattan’s population declined, albeit at a very small clip.

> Brian Kelsey at Civic Analytics gives a nice overview on the new Census numbers.

Fastest growing regions based on numeric change in population:

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 146,530

Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 140,784

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA 106,402

New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA 101,295

Fastest growing regions based on population growth rate:

Hinesville-Fort Stewart, GA 5.88%

Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 3.56%

Raleigh-Cary, NC 3.25%

Austin-Round Rock, TX 3.08%

Regions with the largest numeric population declines:

Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI -20,344

Flint, MI -4,816

Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA -3,462

Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH -2,765