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The declines mostly are a reflection of historically low fertility rates, which have been below the replacement rate of two children per woman since 2010. Births increased in only a handful of states in 2021.

Thirty-five states have fewer children than they did five years ago, a situation caused by declining birth rates nationwide, but also by young families migrating across state borders in search of cheaper housing. Read more»

Migrants wait to be processed for asylum in Nogales. Immigration has helped staunch urban population losses but fuels political battles.

Americans are moving to the South and Southwest and from cities to the suburbs in search of more space and homes they can afford - but immigration, which is starting to bounce back from pandemic lows, has helped mitigate population loss in major cities. Read more»

The Census Bureau’s new corrections show changes approved under the Count Question Resolution process in areas within Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Washington and Wisconsin.

Though the Census Bureau released its first round of official 2020 population corrections in January, many states and cities still await action - and the biggest cases in the largest cities are still pending, especially affecting areas with larger populations of racial minorities. Read more»

A bus that carried migrants from the border to Washington, D.C., idles two blocks from the U.S. Capitol. Texas state-sponsored buses arrive without notice or coordination and migrants often are hungry or sick. Arizona buses, by contrast, serve food and carry medical professionals to help migrants on the way. Only about 60 people a week use buses provided by Arizona to reach areas near Washington, D.C.

Despite some Republican governors using migrant buses to try to embarrass Democrats, transportation for migrants from border areas to places where they can find shelter may be an important part of handling an unprecedented crush of asylum seekers. Read more»

Migrants on buses sent to blue states as a protest by Texas and Arizona governors have disembarked in states such as Georgia and Tennessee, drawing protests from Republican lawmakers.

Since April, thousands of migrants have arrived by bus in New York City and Washington, D.C., sent north by Republican governors in Texas and Arizona - but increasingly, the migrants are hopping off the buses in red states along the route. Read more»

Most people move during the spring and summer months, but many would-be movers stayed put this May and June amid higher interest rates and rising rents, and exurbs saw more people move in as other areas experienced an outflow. Read more»

Investors have bought up rental homes, especially in Black and Hispanic suburbs in the Sun Belt, causing drops in home ownership.

Investors bought nearly a quarter of U.S. single-family homes that sold last year, often driving up rents for suburban families in the process - with investors buying 31% of single-family homes in Arizona during 2021, a 76% change from 2020. Read more»

Hamstrung by a shortage of workers, energy-producing states had the largest declines in GDP in the early months of this year.

Despite skyrocketing oil and gas prices and amid worries about a possible recession, energy-producing states had the biggest drops in gross domestic product as companies are still struggling to bring back workers and rigs that were idled early in the pandemic. Read more»

Wes Oswald holds petitions as part of the 2021 launch of Invest in AZ.

Because of the pandemic, there are fewer people on the streets to gather signatures, and the labor market has raised costs to hire signature gatherers. That makes it tougher for grassroots campaigns to get petitions signed without help from moneyed donors. Read more»

The census review won’t help with issues such as college students living in private rentals that are not classified as dorms—a common problem for college towns that complained of low counts.

The U.S. Census Bureau will allow local governments to ask for reviews of institutions counted in the 2020 census after problems with institutional counts for places such as college dorms, nursing homes and prisons have drawn 34 detailed complaints. Read more»

Most companies expect workers to be remote about 30% of the time after the pandemic, though the national rate has been 'stalled' around 40% since last fall.

Nationally, people were working remotely about 39% of the time as of April, after peaking at around 62% in mid-2020, and the new realities are likely to untether labor from centralized workplaces and blurring the boundaries between work and home. Read more»

The number of people identifying as more than one race nearly doubled between 2010 and 2020.

The number of Americans who identified as more than one race nearly doubled to 13.5 million people between 2010 and 2020, and did double or more in 34 states and the District of Columbia. Read more»

Hundreds of thousands of women have returned to the workforce in recent months.

The pandemic “shecession” is fading as more women return to jobs across the country, aided by new workplace flexibility that could lock in future increases in female employment. Read more»

Arizona State University in Tempe, one of the college towns where the U.S. Census Bureau has offered to review counts of students, along with prisons and other institutional living quarters, that have been miscounted in confusion caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Many cities and states say the 2020 census wildly underestimated their residents, costing them significant money for the social services and infrastructure their areas need - and while the Census Bureau has created programs to fix the errors, many say they are not sufficient. Read more»

In the year after the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020, moves out of city centers increased from the year before, as did moves into rural and suburban areas - but the trend slowed considerably during the second year of the pandemic. Read more»

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