Residents Still “Movin Out” of Pennsylvania

The Census Bureau released the latest annual population estimates.  The trends for Pennsylvania remain much the same:

  • Pennsylvania grew by 0.2% between July 2007 and July 2008 – ranking 45th in population growth.  Since 1970, Pennsylvania ranks 48th, and the state has dropped a spot – to 43rd – in population growth since Governor Rednell took office.
  • Pennsylvania continues to lose residents to other states. While Pennsylvania added 22,000 residents in natural change (births minus deaths) and 15,000 immigrants, the state lost about 11,500 in net state-to-state migration. Since 2000, Pennsylvania has lost 58,000 residents to other states.

While Pennsylvania residents continue their trend of “movin’ out”, it isn’t as bad as some states – Michigan, California, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, and Illinois all lost between 49,000 and 144,000 just last year. I bet if I tried really hard, I could find something these states had in common.