December 23, 2006


State's population growth on stagnant course: Immigration helps offset departures (Raja Mishra, December 22, 2006, Boston Globe)

Population growth in Massachusetts was essentially flat last year, according to new US Census data that shows a continuing pattern of stagnation that many fear threatens the state's economic and social prospects. [...]

The state inched to its slender gain because 22,503 more people were born than died.

"It's yet more confirmation that our worries about stagnation are warranted," said Paul Grogan , president of the nonprofit Boston Foundation. "If this continues, the state could slip into a long-term decline that could be hard to reverse."

The population in Massachusetts grew by 0.1 percent, the fifth lowest rate in the nation. The Northeast's population increased by the same percentage. In the West, the population jumped 1.5 percent, and the South notched a 1.4 percent gain. [...]

[T]he new data also shows that Massachusetts is not alone in its anemic growth: The Northeast as a whole grew by just 281,000 people while the South expanded by 1.5 million, adding to its status as the nation's most populated region.

The Northeast is, not coincidentally, the political stronghold of the Party of Death.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 23, 2006 11:35 AM

Of course, a lot of those people leaving the Northeast for the West and the South are taking their political leanings with them.

Arizona used to have only one Democratic Representative. Now we have four.

Posted by: Brandon at December 23, 2006 12:34 PM

Michigan's population "dipped slightly" last year. Conservatives must be leaving.

Posted by: Dave W at December 23, 2006 3:05 PM

Perhaps so-called "gay" marriages will get them out of this one.

That Old Nick! Such a kidder.

Posted by: Lou Gots at December 23, 2006 3:12 PM

The Northeast is also, not coincidentally, the oldest and most populated region of the US.
Cum hoc ergo propter hoc.

Posted by: Euripides at December 24, 2006 12:25 AM

Euri, I hope that doesn't translate into, "so goes the nation."

Posted by: erp at December 24, 2006 7:59 AM