Feature Article - June 2009
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A Look at Regional Trends

Population & Regional Representation

Once again, our Industry Report survey yielded the highest number of results from the Midwest. Otherwise, the numbers resemble the U.S. Census Bureau population distribution from 2000, and with the Bureau's projected numbers for 2010.

While the census found 19 percent of the U.S. population lived in the Northeast in 2000, the agency projected this region's proportion of the population to shrink to just 18.1 percent by 2010. Our respondents reflected this, with 18.6 percent of the results coming from the Northeast.

The Census Bureau likewise shows Midwestern populations shrinking from its census in 2000 (22.9 percent) to a projected 21.8 percent of the U.S. population by 2010. This is the region where our respondents really bucked the population trends, and 28.8 percent of respondents were from the Midwest.

While the Census shows the proportion of the U.S. population in the South Atlantic states growing from 18.4 percent in 2000 to a projected 19.4 percent by 2010, our survey respondents were less likely to hail from this region. Just 17.8 percent this year reported they were from the South Atlantic states, down from 19 percent last year.

The census also projected a slight increase in the population of the South Central states from 17.2 percent in 2000 to a projected 17.4 percent in 2010. This year, we saw representation in that region jump from last year's 12.1 percent to 13.4 percent.

Likewise, the census foresaw growth in the West from 22.5 percent of the U.S. population in 2000 to 23.4 percent in 2010. We showed growth in participation in this region from last year's 19.8 percent to 20.3 percent this year. (See Figure 25.)