The Comings and Goings
I’ve been meaning to update the Census component of my analysis of RI’s taxpayer exodus (as I did with the related IRS data), but time has been too short.
In the meantime, mull over this conspicuous paragraph from a Providence Journal article on the Census data:
Census Bureau spokesman Robert Bernstein said that between July ’07 and July ’08, there was a natural increase of about 3,600 more births than deaths in Rhode Island, and a “net international migration gain” of 2,900 people who moved here from abroad. But those increases “weren’t enough to offset a loss of 8,800 people who left Rhode Island for other states.”
Increasing foreign immigrants. Population growth based on births. But Rhode Islanders leaving in such numbers as to swamp both. One needn’t be a demographic specialist to make some inferences.