The US population center is on track to pivot south for the first time in history.
In 2022, the South surpassed other regions by more than a million people, with births outpacing deaths and domestic and international migration US Census Bureau population estimates.
The Northeast and Midwest lost population, and the West grew by 153,000 people. The West would have lost population had it not been for immigrants and more births than deaths.
In comparison, the South grew by 1.3 million new residents.
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In an aerial view, homes stand on lots in a neighborhood January 26, 2023 in Boca Raton, Florida. ((Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Six of the ten fastest growing states over the past year were in the South. These were led in turn by Texas, Florida, North Carolina and Georgia.
Above all, due to delays related to the COVID-19 pandemicmade changes to how the Census Bureau calculated estimates this decade.
According to the Associated Press, experts say the migration has to do with affordable housing, lower taxes, the popularity of remote work and the retirement of baby boomers.
Owen Glick, 56, moved to Florida from California more than a year ago.
“They’re in better financial shape price-wise here, but there’s more property maintenance spending,” Glick told the agency.
A view of houses in a neighborhood in Los Angeles, California on July 5, 2022. ((Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)
the Departures from the west started in 2021. Before that, internal migration had increased every year since 2010.
While a majority of these departures were due to people leaving California, states like Alaska, Hawaii, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington also saw annual losses in domestic migration from 2021-2022.
Additionally, in several western states where internal migration increased year over year — including Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada and Utah — those gains were smaller than the year before.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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