Immigration Grows, Population Drops in Many U.S. Counties

“The num­ber of near­ly tripled in the nation’s 20 pop­u­lous coun­ties from 2021 to 2022, as immi­gra­tion returned to prepan­dem­ic lev­els nation­al­ly, the Cen­sus Bureau report­ed on Thurs­day.” Accord­ing to a Times arti­cle by Robert Gebeloff, Dana Gold­stein, and Ste­fanos Chen, “Many of the new­com­ers were drawn to big with more lib­er­al immi­gra­tion laws and long­stand­ing immi­grant enclaves.” 

Despite the rebound in inter­na­tion­al immi­gra­tion, many of the coun­try’s top coun­ties lost over­all. “Los Ange­les Coun­ty in Cal­i­for­nia, Cook Coun­ty, which includes Chica­go, in Illi­nois, and the bor­oughs of Brook­lyn and Queens in New York all lost pop­u­la­tion, but the loss was small­er than in 2021.” Mean­while, more afford­able Sun­belt areas con­tin­ued to draw more new inter­nal migrants. 

One excep­tion was, sur­pris­ing­ly, New York ’s prici­est bor­ough. “, the stand-in of choice for urban doom­say­ers, had a sharp turn­around: The bor­ough added 17,472 res­i­dents in 2022, after a loss of near­ly 100,000 the pre­vi­ous year — the biggest improve­ment in the nation.” The arti­cle notes it is the first time Man­hat­tan saw a net gain in domes­tic migra­tion since 2000 or ear­li­er, despite sharply ris­ing costs. “The medi­an rent in Man­hat­tan in June 2022, at the end of the cen­sus report­ing peri­od, was near­ly $4,000, includ­ing land­lord con­ces­sions — a jump of more than 28 per­cent from the month the pre­vi­ous year.”

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