Doldrums in the Midwest

THE MIDWEST, WITH about 66.5 million people as of 2008 representing about 22 percent of the U.S. population, has a demographic profile similar in many ways to that of the stagnating Northeast but has more pockets of favorable population growth. While the Midwest overall is experiencing significant net outmigration, numerous urban areas are bucking the trend and experiencing healthy population growth fueled in large part by incoming migrants, both domestic and international.

At the turn of the 20th century the Midwest, with a population of 26.3 million representing 34.7 percent of the nation’s overall population, was the largest region by population. By the year 2000, the population of the Midwest had more than doubled; ...

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