Where Americans Live Now Web
: World Population Review : January 2019
Sometimes the most fascinating content on the web is a simple list because it describes such a fundamental thing, like where people choose to live.
Did you know that one of out every 3 Americans lives in one of 4 states? (California, Texas, Florida, and New York) Yet those states have a total of 8 US senators, the same as the four smallest states, which have combined less than one percent of the US population. This represents a fundamental flaw in a representative democracy.
Why do people move? Warm weather, job opportunity, and taxes all seem to be major factors. Of the 4 largest states, 3 are warm weather, while all 4 of the least populated states are wicked cold (North Dakota, Alaska, Vermont, and Wyoming). But the fastest population growth last year was in…wait for it….Idaho. Not exactly fun in the sun.
Most of the states that lost population last year are either very cold or very poor (Mississippi). But people also left Hawaii. And California showed very low growth. At some point, housing costs start to inhibit population growth. So Californians head to Arizona; high job growth and lower housing costs in a saner environment.