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Census: 1 in 3 US Counties are Dying

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A record number of U.S. counties - more than 1 in 3 - are now dying off, hit by an aging population and weakened local economies that are spurring young adults to seek jobs and build families elsewhere.

New 2012 census estimates released Thursday highlight the population shifts as the U.S. encounters its most sluggish growth levels since the Great Depression.

The findings also reflect the increasing economic importance of foreign-born residents as the U.S. ponders an overhaul of a major 1965 federal immigration law. Without new immigrants, many metropolitan areas such as New York, Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh and St. Louis would have posted flat or negative population growth in the last year.

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this is like our budget

They get all excited about cuts when they are only cutting projected increases.

Sure some areas are declining in populations but overall we are still growing here and worldwide. In fact, the world population has more than doubled since I was born.

The more the population goes down the better, but it isn't really going down at all. Immigrants moving in won't necessarily help, because why would the immigrants move to those places. They are going to do exactly what the young are doing and go to the boom areas. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind immigrants. Open borders would be great! Then I could head south too. The Canadian border used to be basically open. That was nice. We are way too paranoid.

why do people call it negative growth instead of decline?

there is no such thing as negative growth, if it is negative, it is not growth.

The only people that are aging and dying off are WHITE people

So don't give me the race card on this. White people need to stop and think before dating minorites and people of other cultures and marry whites. That is the only way to stop the die off of Europeans world wide. This is in no way racist. How else do you preserve an endangered species?? Got a better plan?

Why is the color of your skin important?

You ARE racist to say white people need to marry white people. The color of one's skin is irrelevant, the color of one's eyes is irrelevant. Those things don't make you a better person, a more valuable person. To say that white people need to marry white people is insulting, as if you're inferring that children of interracial couples are somehow less worthy because they're not pure white as if to say those Caucasians LIKE ME who have biracial children are Race Traitors. The ONLY thing that makes you a worthy person are your actions. Your actions define you as a human being not the color of your skin, not where you're from, not what foods you like, and not the color of your spouse's skin.

PattyFromTexas

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Interesting

The whole world is aging. It is especially bad in Japan, which is resistant to immigration, but China as well. That one child policy favored boys, so men outnumber women. What a terrible predicament to be a young male in China!

This is not good news for housing prices going forward. The current boom is being caused by the Fed's hot money. But if the underlying demographics don't support it, housing prices should continue falling - especially in some of these low growth areas.

Eventually, I'm pretty sure we'll all be living in holographic online communities, but we'll still need a place to put our physical bodies. The cheaper the better.

To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.

Russian - Chinese Marriages.

I see more Chinese men are marrying Russian women.

donvino

This is part of the Agenda 21 plan and ICLEI

We are all to become urbanized and move to major cities and the empty spaces are for the Wildlands project and no humans can live or farm there.