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    Saturday, May 12, 2007

    Population Growth Oddly Making Sense

    Over at, they noticed a little article from the Wall Street Journal on The Realignment of America.
    The bad news for them is that the Coastal Megalopolises grew only 4% in 2000-06, while the nation grew 6%. Coastal Megalopolitan states--New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Illinois--are projected to lose five House seats in the 2010 Census, while California, which has gained seats in every census since it was admitted to the Union in 1850, is projected to pick up none.

    You see an entirely different picture in the 16 metro areas I call the Interior Boomtowns (none touches the Atlantic or Pacific coasts). Their population has grown 18% in six years. They've had considerable immigrant inflow, 4%, but with the exceptions of Dallas and Houston, this immigrant inflow has been dwarfed by a much larger domestic inflow--three million to 1.5 million overall.

    Naturally there are political implications here, but why, do you think, this would happen?
    If you can't come up with an answer right away, think carefully, Google, and get back to me.
    Sometimes, people try to make things more complex than they really are.


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