U.S. Population Development In Costal Regions
National approximates put the U.S. population at just over 300 million based upon the Census Bureau’s U.S. Population Clock. It is expected that America will see a surge in the population, primarily due to immigrants, with the addition of 100 million individuals included over the next 35 years. With the ongoing growth in population, experts are starting to take a look at the future geographical circulation of the population within the 50 states.
Although the size of the United States population ranks 3rd on the planet, America is amongst the least densely inhabited countries with a population density of 86 people per square mile. This implies there is still a lot of land in the nation for future population growth, however there is a marked inequality in the way the population is expanding.
The Center for Environment and Population (CEP) notes that the American population has actually been significantly dispersed to the west and south over the past few years, leading to sped up development amongst the cities in these areas. The seaside areas are especially affected, as quotes keep in mind that more than 50% of the entire population currently resides within 50 miles of the coast. Quotes by the CEP forecast that about 25 million more individuals will locate to the costal regions within the next 10 years. This puts significant pressure on costal cities due to the fact that the land mass in these locations represent just one-fifth of the country’s total land mass.
As a comparison, the population density in costal regions is anticipated to be five times higher than many other areas of the United States. As migration patterns shift towards costal neighborhoods, inland and mid-west states are currently experiencing lower or stagnant growth in population.
Population concentration in costal regions may develop “mega cities” with individuals transferring to them for work. Heavily populated areas likewise raise concerns such as terrorism and spread of infectious diseases.
As costal communities become saturated, forces of supply and need are likely to push a portion of the population back to inland and mid-western states who may be drawn by lower labor costs, more cost effective real estate, extra land area, and so on. This trend is currently happening in some parts of the nation. For instance, the population in Idaho and Utah has grown by 10% in five years, which is twice the national rate. In Tennessee, the variety of foreign-born individuals has actually gone up by 140% with brand-new locals opting out of usual destinations such as New York, California and Texas.
If you are considering moving to a costal area such as San Diego County in California, be sure to acquire the services of a local real estate agent. Your agent can assist you locate your dream house, townhouse or condo, and assist make your shift a smooth one.
Sources: Wall Street Journal; Real estate agent Magazine Online (October 2006)