Texas, Florida see big population gains, while New York, Illinois see big losses, Census Bureau data show
The exodus from two of the nation’s biggest Blue States continues, according to new numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau. Many Red States, meanwhile, continue to gain population, the figures show.
The biggest population losers between July 2017 and July 2018 were the high-tax, Democrat-controlled states of New York and Illinois.
In that one-year span, New York lost more than 48,000 residents, while Illinois’ population declined by more than 45,000, the figures show.
“It’s taxes. It’s corruption. It’s politics,” Mary Miller, a former Illinois resident, told the Chicago Tribune, explaining why she moved to Florida. “And I don’t mean Republicans or Democrats. It’s all of them.”
#ICYMI The U.S. #population grew by 0.6% and #Nevada and #Idaho were the nation’s fastest-growing states between July 1, 2017, and July 1, 2018. See the latest population estimates for your state here: https://t.co/VtTtXswTHt pic.twitter.com/Tos6im7TZ9
— U.S. Census Bureau (@uscensusbureau) December 21, 2018
It was the fifth straight year the state has seen a decline, the newspaper reported.
Connecticut, another high-tax Blue State, also made the top 10 in population losses, watching more than 1,200 residents go elsewhere.
Illinois declines in population for fifth year in a row as more than 45,000 people leave the Land of Lincoln. No other states in the Midwest had losses. https://t.co/INCwp5wYzJ pic.twitter.com/84CWsse83s
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) December 20, 2018
As for high growth, Texas topped the list, adding nearly 380,000 people last year – as if the state had added another city the size of Arlington.
Only Florida came close to matching Texas, with the Sunshine State adding more than 322,000 people, the data show.
But Texas’ growth spurt actually came at a slower rate than those in previous years, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
The addition of 379,128 to Texas marked a growth rate of 1.3 percent, compared to 1.4 percent in 2017, 1.6 percent in 2016 and 1.8 percent in 2015, Lila Valencia, a senior demographer with the Texas Demographic center, told the newspaper.
“There are slightly fewer births this year than last year,” Valencia said. “The impact of Hurricane Harvey could have made people move away or delay birth.”
Why are people moving to Texas?
“The people here are friendly. The schools are great. And the weather is appealing,” Lyndsay Hunsaker, who recently moved to the Lone Star State with her family, told the American-Statesman.
Texas leads America in population growth—adding more than 1,000 people a day. As one newcomer put it: The people are friendly, the schools are great and the weather is appealing. Newcomers are welcome. They just need to help keep TX an appealing state. https://t.co/bqpScnZ6hK
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) December 26, 2018
Cyndi Bell, incoming president of the Williamson County Association of Realtors, explained the Texas growth from her point of view.
“We are seeing a steady influx of people coming from states, including New York and California, coming for jobs and for changes in the tax code,” she said.
In percentage terms, Nevada and Idaho made the biggest gains in population at 2.1 percent each. They were followed by Utah (1.9 percent), Arizona (1.7), and Florida and Washington (both 1.5).