Marcus Hiles On Why Texas Attracted 433,000 New Residents In 2016

The Lone Star State’s population rose by nearly 433,000 individuals, from 27.42 million to 27.86, exemplifying a growth trend that spanned the entirety of the Southern U.S. “States in the South and West continued to lead in population growth,” said Ben Bolender, chief of the Census Bureau’s Population Estimates Branch. “In 2016, 37.9 percent of the nation’s population lived in the South.” Jeffrey S. Passel, a senior demographer at the Pew Research Center, predicts the phenomena to continue indefinitely, stating to the New York Times that, “the movement to the South and West is a very long term trend.” Hiles tends to agree with the two researchers, adding that older residents of the North and Northeast, mostly part of the populous baby boomer generation, are seeking more temperate places to retire.

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