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The U.S. population center trended southward this decade, estimates show

The US population center is on track to shift south for the first time in history.

According to US Census Bureau population estimates, in 2022, the South outnumbered other regions by more than a million people, with births outnumbering deaths and domestic and international migration.

The Northeast and Midwest lost residents and the West gained 153,000. Without immigrants, the West would have lost population and births would have outstripped deaths.

In comparison, the South grew by 1.3 million new residents.

New York, California has been hit the hardest as more Americans move to low-tax states

Florida is home

Homes sit on lots in a neighborhood, in an aerial view, on January 26, 2023 in Boca Raton, Florida. (Photo by Joe Riddle/Getty Images)/Getty Images)

Six of the 10 states with the highest growth last year were in the South. Texas, Florida, North Carolina and Georgia led them.

Notably, due to delays related to the COVID-19 pandemic, changes were made to how the Census Bureau calculated this decade’s estimates.

According to the Associated Press, experts say immigration is linked to housing affordability, lower taxes, the popularity of remote work and the retirement of baby boomers.

Winter Park, Florida

Wayne Glick prepares to play pickleball at Phelps Park, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, in Winter Park, Fla. Glick was among 233,000 people who moved out of the region from one western state to another US state. The US Population Center tracks this d ((AP Photo/John Roux) / AP Newsroom)

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Wayne Glick, 56, moved to Florida from California more than a year ago.

“You’re in good financial shape here in terms of price, but there are more costs to maintain the property,” Glick told the agency.

A view of a house in a Los Angeles neighborhood

A view of houses in a neighborhood in Los Angeles, California on July 5, 2022. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images) / Getty Images)

Departure from the West begins in 2021. Before that, internal migration has increased every year since 2010.

While a good chunk of those departures were due to those leaving California, states like Alaska, Hawaii, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington also suffered year-over-year losses in inward migration from 2021 to 2022.

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Moreover, in several western states that have experienced year-over-year increases in inward migration — including Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada and Utah — those gains were smaller than the previous year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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