So ahead of the curve
Can't hide from the fact that have long been there already. In fact even in the NYT it has been our story in the the past. See: As Deaths Outpace Births, Cities Adjust. Here is the trend in births minus deaths, also known as natural population change, in Allegheny County over the last 3 decades:
So if you focus on population change as a reflection of how people feel about a region, the voting with their feet argument, realize that for us the voting is not quite the same as it is elsewhere else.. and means something awfully different as well.
This is all part and parcel which is what the real big and understudied story that will impact US politics in the next couple of decades. Read from just the other day: Census estimates show seniors gaining influence .. and again something we are way ahead of the curve. Read: Older Voters Reign at Polls. Especially as the Big Sort continues it means primary elections will become ever more important nationally just as they are here.. and it is in primary elections that young voters really shun the process. Many even register as independents and in closed primaries as Pennsylvania has, can't even vote in primaries. For us, by the time the primary gets here soon, most students will have finished the term and left town further depressing their impact. Not just the students of course, but a decent chunk of the workforce that is solely associated with education as well. What if the primary was moved up just a few weeks and the students were still around?