Migration on my mind
So break out your slide rules and strap in. It invariably generates a round of gnashing or guffawing , depending on what the data says. But what has the data been saying of late? I still encounter folks who just can't believe the basic factoid that more people are moving into the Pittsburgh region than are moving out. To be precise, net migration into the region is positive. We will the latest annual stats on estimated net migration, but also annual births and deaths, which if you add it all up gives an estimate for regional (and county) population growth or decline.
The thing that really is hard to believe for most is that we have already recorded 5** straight years of positive migration. We will learn next week is that trend has extended to a sixth straight year. That extend the streak to the middle of 2013. If the trend extended to the present, we are almost through our 7th straight year. I honestly have tried to parse this out, but can't figure how far you have to go back in history for such an extended period of positive migration for Pittsburgh. Even when the region was last
Here is what the census has said about the trend in population migration impacting the Pittsburgh metro region.
So Thursday next week..... BRACE FOR COLLISION!
* 1997 is like forever for millennials, which I presume make up the modal readership here.
** There was no comparable data released for the 2009-2010 period which lead into the 2010 Census. At one point the census folks briefly released a dataset which included all the intercensal years between 2000 and 2010, but it was retracted. Nonetheless, based on the trend and other data I infer that net migration for the missing year was positive as were the years both prior and subsequent.