Feature Article - June 2010
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A Look at Regional Trends

Population Distribution

Of course, this year the United States is conducting its 10-year Census, and it will be interesting to see how the projections made for 2010 after the last census was taken in 2000 compare with actual numbers being gathered now. For now, we have to rely on the projections.

The Northeast has been getting smaller, both in our industry report survey, and according to census projections. While 19 percent of the population was recorded in this region in 2000, the Census Bureau projected that percentage to decrease to 18.1 percent by 2010. In our survey, just 16.5 percent of respondents this year call the Northeast home, a drop from last year, when 18.6 percent of respondents were from the Northeast. (See Figure 29.)

The other region projected to shrink by the Census Bureau—the Midwest—again represented the largest percentage of survey respondents, with 30.9 percent of respondents naming this as their home, an increase from last year, when 28.8 percent were from the Midwest.

The South Atlantic region is growing at the fastest clip, according to census numbers, and representation from this region has also grown in our survey, with 18.7 percent this year reporting they were from these states, compared with 17.8 percent last year.

The West is also growing, and is again the second-largest portion of our survey respondents. On the other hand, the South Central states, which are also growing, saw less representation in our survey this year.