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Old 10-15-2017, 10:38 AM
 
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Frankly I am surprised the population in the south isn't greater.

I think it history was different the population difference either be even greater.

The history of agrarian economy, and Jim Crow depleted southern states.
The proximity to Mexico, South America and the Caribbean gives it great access to a cheaper workforce which when combined with a business friendly environment reversed that depletion for some states.

However, I am wondering how would some states have turned out if history was different.
New Orleans for example had all the bones for success. I'm thinking how Louisiana and southwest Mississippi would be as a whole if New Orleans had remained the biggest city in the south. DFW had 8 mill people. That's how many people in the entire state of Louisiana and Mississippi combined.

Would be interesting if the entire Gulf region could have kept up pace with Houston and have a corridor like the Bos Wash area. I really can't imagine NOLA with 8 million people (without running into BR) but it is interesting to think about 40 million people stretching from Pensacola to Houston. With Mobile, NOLA, Baton Rouge and Houston being anchors and Pensacola, Gulfport, , Lafayette, Lake Charles, Beaumont being large cities.

Another interesting corridor would be Richmond, Charlotte, Durham, Greensboro, Atlanta, Birmingham, Jackson, Shreveport and DFW.
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Old 10-15-2017, 10:57 AM
 
Location: bend oregon
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in north america the north east area has so many people. chicago, toronto, ny, and on and on. but the west theres like no people compared to other places
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Old 10-15-2017, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Yakima WA
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Texas and Florida....2 of the 3 highest populated states and very fast growing.
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Old 10-15-2017, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Yakima WA
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in north america the north east area has so many people. chicago, toronto, ny, and on and on. but the west theres like no people compared to other places
California is #1 in population. Also the West is growing while the Northeast is stagnant.
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Old 10-17-2017, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Tempe, AZ
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By the U.S. Census districts:

South - 16 states, 121.2 million people
West - 13 states, 75.8 million people
Midwest - 11 states, 61.9 million people
Northeast - 9 states, 56.1 million people

I was surprised to find that the West was the second largest by population.
Most of that is California though.
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Old 10-18-2017, 01:27 AM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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People, weather, cost of living.
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Old 10-18-2017, 03:46 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Companies started moving south about 20 years ago because of the lack of unions, less beaucracy, business friendly environment, cheap land, and low operating expenses. People soon followed. The COL in the South used to be ridiculously low.
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Old 10-18-2017, 07:24 AM
 
Location: Apex, NC
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Companies started moving south about 20 years ago because of the lack of unions, less beaucracy, business friendly environment, cheap land, and low operating expenses. People soon followed. The COL in the South used to be ridiculously low.
COL in the southeast has risen quickly in the popular metros (Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte, Raleigh, etc.). I've heard many people that move here from the northeast complaining about it recently. Reality is, you can get a nicer, bigger house, but that's it. Nothing else here is cheaper other than real estate and real estate taxes. The bigger, newer houses in the more desirable areas of these regions are not cheap anymore. Much higher than the national average, for builder grade houses. Not uncommon to pay $400-$600k for new/newer tract houses in these metros now. Many people are paying the same for their houses here as they sold in NY and MA. The difference is the taxes are cheaper and they have a bigger, newer, nicer house. I'm not sure if their standard of living changes much though.
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Old 10-18-2017, 07:49 AM
 
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I recently read that the south is the most populated region in the country. Why do you think this is?
Weather, not much else. It's warmer, and humans, being a warm-blooded species, gravitate to it. Second reason likely long, oceanic and gulf coasts (trade, recreation, etc.). Of course COL plays into this, but that's a related but separate discussion.
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Old 10-18-2017, 07:58 AM
 
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California is #1 in population. Also the West is growing while the Northeast is stagnant.
The Northeast is growing. Just not as fast.
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