ON-Lion Letter

In December 2015, the U.S. Census Bureau released its estimates of the populations of the 50 states and the District of Columbia for mid-2015.  "They show where the nation has been growing since the April 2010 Census head-count, a period that follows the end of the 2007-09 recession and includes three-fourths of the Obama presidency," according to Bradley Prize recipient Michael Barone in a January 2016 Washington Examiner column.  "They show what states Americans have been moving in and out of, and what states have attracted the most immigrants.

"They're worth looking at, because the cold precision of the numbers provides clues to the warm impulses of human hearts, where people choose to pursue dreams or escape nightmares," Barone continues.

Barone is the senior political analyst for the Washington Examiner and a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, D.C.

"Overall, population increase and mobility are both down from the previous decade; people seem more likely now to hunker down in straitened economic times," he writes.  "Annual immigration numbers remained about the same in 2010-15 as 2000-08, but for those earlier years they probably understate the flow of illegal immigrants, which was apparently much larger than more recently.

"The tendency is continuing for Americans and immigrants to seek out others of their own kind," he concludes, "and for people of differing cultural values and political views to choose to live in different states and communities.  All of which suggests that increasing cultural division and political polarization are not going away any time soon."

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