What Drives South Carolina Population Boom
Places and regions have growing and shrinking populations for any number of reasons. No matter what the region, it must have a population to thrive. Some areas attract population with elements influenced by humans while some areas have draws much more profound.
The northeastern United States has always had the densest population in the country. This is where the pilgrims first landed and where the British established settlements back in the 17th century. It was subsequently established as the center of national commerce. Cities like New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Buffalo were booming until the mid-20th century. But as you probably know, weather in these regions can be unbearable in the winter months.
In the meantime, with advent of electronic air conditioning at the dawn of the 20th century- ironically in Buffalo, NY- scorching hot summers were made much more pleasant. This however opened the door for migration to the much warmer, sunnier southern region of the country.
The blazing hot summers south of the Mason-Dixon Line were then a tolerable tradeoff for the incredibly mild winters, compared to the ferocious northern winter weather. This gradually opened the door to migration from other parts of the country throughout the 20th and into the 21st centuries.
From 2000 to 2010, for example, the South grew in population by 14.3 million people to 114.6 million. This compares to the West having increased 8.7 million to 71.9 million, the Midwest having gained 2.5 million to 66.9 million and the Northeast having grown 1.7 million to 55.3 million. As a component to this above-average population growth, South Carolina grew 60million residents from 2013-2014.
From 2010 to 2014, the population of South Carolina was up 4.5% compared to the national growth rate of only 3.3%. Nothing can beat the draw of warm, sunny weather found in the Sunbelt- anytime in the near future, anyhow. This is why the region will continue to grow, attracting a growing population as long as a society exists, namely South Carolina.