Until recently, demographic indicators such as domestic and international migration, as well as fertility, have shown little signs of reviving from the doldrums of the Great Recession and its aftermath, despite upturns in economic indicators. This appears to be changing, according to recently released census statistics updating national and state demographic dynamics through 2015.
Brookings Institution fellow William Frey, the indisputable king of knowledge on all things "domestic migration" in the United States, weighs in on the phenomenon. Here's the take-away from Bill:
Sun Belt states gained well over one half million migrants in 2014-2015, coming close to matching the 600,000 Snow Belt to Sun Belt migration peak in 2004-2005.
Leading the way in this exchange was Florida which gained 202,000 net migrants last year alone—leading all states in domestic migration gains for the first time since the years 2000 to 2005.