Population Shifts

By Andrew Paparozzi
In April 29, 2008

Where are all the people going? Data on population shifts are not just something to establish bragging rights among local officials; they can provide valuable insights for planning purposes.

Estimates from the Census Bureau show that the nation’s population rose by 7.2% between 2000 and 2007. Estimates also show a wide disparity among regional gains: Northeast (2.0%), Midwest (3.1%), South (10.2%), and West (10.9%). Not surprisingly, among metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) (defined by the Office of Management and Budget as an area containing a recognized population nucleus and adjacent communities that have a high degree of integration with that nucleus) the top gains for areas with a population of 1 million or more were concentrated in the South and West. Las Vegas-Paradise, NV headed the list with a gain in population of 33.5% between 2000 and 2007. Raleigh-Cary, NC followed with a gain of 31.4%. Other states represented among the top 10 MSAs included: Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Texas. In fact, the latter had 3 metropolitan areas make the top 10. States represented at the other end of the spectrum were primarily in the Northeast. The major exception was Louisiana because of the huge decline in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Other exceptions with the corresponding areas included California (San Francisco), Michigan (Detroit), and Ohio (Cleveland).

Major reasons why population shifts are important to printers—they’re important to an area’s economy, to our business, and to our clients’ businesses. When reviewing these shifts, among some of the questions we should be asking: What’s driving the change, net-migration or natural factors (i.e., births and deaths)? What’s the potential impact on demand for various services? What’s the potential impact on the area’s labor market? What do these shifts mean for our current and prospective clients?

Joseph Vincenzino

Andrew Paparozzi

Epicomm's Andrew Paparozzi, Vice President/Chief Economist, is well-known for his accurate and thoughtful discussions on the economy and US commercial printing industry. A foremost author and speaker on economic business trends in the printing industry, Paparozzi heads Epicomm's Printing Economic Research Center.

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