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A Decade of Growth, But Then the Bust

Nevada was the fastest growing state in the nation over the last ten years, but amid that growth has been a severe economic downturn.

And as the economy continues to tank in Nevada, more and more people are moving out.

"[I]t was another reminder of how bad things have become here, and how exhausting a decade this state has endured. This was the boom capital of the country - which explains the census report - until the economy collapsed in 2007. People started moving out, chasing jobs or escaping a house market with the highest foreclosure rate in the country. Unemployment here is now 14.3 percent, the highest in the country.

'People come for the good jobs and the good life, and if that's no longer here, they are gone,' said David F. Damore, an associate professor of political science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 'People are just moving out.'"

Full Story: Behind Census Figures Showing Boom in Nevada, a Story of Bust



Irvin Dawid's picture

Nothing like a good census story from NYT ....

Thanks for posting, Nate.
When I think of NV and the Census - 35% increase - highest in the nation, jumps to mind....and that's where it ends!
I guess Census stats can be a bit deceptive....

In my local (not on-line) tabloid today is a Tom Elias column on California's population slow-down, one of many focusing on the first time CA hasn't gained a seat after the Census results (he actually errs - no seats were gained - anywhere - after the 1920 Census for an unrelated reason.)
But he does note that the main effect of the Census is a blow to the ego of Californians - no gained political clout - representation stays at 53 seats, yet the state gained the second highest number of people in the decade (after TX) at 3.8 million - which makes sense - the state consistently appears to grow at about 380,000 annually - unlike NV which, thanks to the Times, I now know lost population since 2008.

["The state demographer, Jeff Hardcastle, estimated that Nevada had lost more than 90,000 people since July 2008, and expects the decline to continue through next year. He said that before 2007, Nevada had been the top-growing state for most of the past 20 years."]
Irvin Dawid, Palo Alto, CA

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