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Old 03-17-2013, 03:07 PM
Location: Metro Atlanta & Savannah, GA - Corpus Christi, TX
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Originally Posted by Phil P View Post
From a climatic and geographic standpoint, this area of the US is wonderful. No earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanoes, and not as many wildfires or tornadoes as other areas. Also, the landscape in this area is beautiful. It's green (unlike Colorado), yet temperate. Why so many people choose to move to Arizona, California, and Florida, I don't know. Arizona is ugly and has a rather unpleasant climate, California = yuck in general, and Florida has too many hurricanes and alligators.
Actually the midwest has the New Madrid fault. Earthquakes can and do happen.
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Old 03-17-2013, 04:51 PM
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Originally Posted by WanderingImport View Post
Actually the midwest has the New Madrid fault. Earthquakes can and do happen.
Yes, and among the biggest ever recorded in the U.S. Memphis, Louisville, and St. Louis are especially vulnerable.

New Madrid Seismic Zone - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 03-17-2013, 06:41 PM
Location: Tennessee
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I think we're already seeing that considering the massive growth North Carolina, an Upper South state, has had in recent years. I once read a report which said NC has surpassed Florida as a retirement destination! Tennessee has also seen substantial population increases, too, and Virginia has been growing drastically for quite a while thanks to the Pentagon and DC.

One reason the Upper South's growth might be slower than the Deep South is that a lot of the migrants are technically a sort of "Reverse Migration" as descendants from the Great Migration continue to move back to historic centers of black/African American culture with strong family ties. This trend began in the 1970s, but the poor economy has definitely increased the speed of the movement. Most of the Upper South had FAR smaller numbers of black citizens than the Deep South (and more substantial former slaver states like Virginia and North Carolina) before the Great Migration due to plantation slavery being considerably less profitable in the region. The Upper South naturally has a respectable amount of African American heritage, but simply not to the same degree that the Deep South has to offer. So, there are less personal incentives for alleged return migrants to settle in the Upper South and even less for the Lower Midwest.

Of course, this is only looking at Reverse Migration and doesn't fully explain why other demographics of migrants, who have little to no cultural or familial connection to former slave states, are more drawn to the Deep South. I think that the Upper South/Lower Midwest might have a better shot at attracting these folks unless they go out of their way to make themselves more appealing to the black community. I support these states perusing both avenues so they can get a piece of that delicious brain gain pie that the Deep South, VA and NC are currently munching on.
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