Thursday, March 27, 2008

nothing "lone" about it

AP says Texas tops the charts of population growth again:
Dallas-Fort Worth added more than 162,000 residents between July 2006 and July 2007, more than any other metro area. Three other Texas areas - Houston, Austin and San Antonio - also cracked the top 10.

Atlanta saw the second-largest population jump with just over 151,000 new residents. Phoenix was third with more than 132,000, and was followed by Houston, Riverside, Calif., Charlotte, N.C., Chicago, Austin, Las Vegas and San Antonio.

Surprisingly, Lubbock didn't make the list.

I'm a little surprised that there's so little growth in the Northeast. The property values thing makes sense (and yes, houses are a lot cheaper in Texas), but I thought everybody wanted to move either to NYC or Boston.


Rene said...

people can't afford the northeast right now. You have to make well above the national average to buy a shithole house in most northeast (and west coast) metropolitan areas. That's not the case in DFW, and when you add in our prolific tracts of sporting franchises, strip clubs, and mall shopping its a no brainer. :)

el ranchero said...

True, but Austin and Riverside are on the list, too, and they're not exactly cheap. Real estate in the Atlanta area doesn't get affordable until you've racked up an hour or more in commuting times, which seems excessive given current gas prices.

Of course, then again there is the fact that 9 of the top 10 locales are in warm climates, places that easier on an aging population.

Still, I was under the impression that the growth in Atlanta and Charlotte in particular is being fueled by young professionals, and those are people less likely to be priced out of the housing market. You would think places like New York City, Boston, and DC would have a lot to offer them.

Then again, maybe there's the weakness in my thinking-- perhaps young people are moving to those places, too (in fact, I know for a fact that DC is booming) but those top 10 places are also taking in lots of working class and poor people, as well as immigrants. After all, 7 of the top 10 are in the southwest, close to the border.

TioChuy said...

We tried real hard but apparently city counsel's sign didn't have the desired effect. "Move to Lubbock, experience the DUST!"

TioChuy said...

Oh yeah "council", our school's test scores didn't help out either.