Retirement States Gain in 2010 Census

Retirement States Gain in Population

Some of the results of the 2010 Census was released today and one thing I noticed is the the best retirement states are the ones to gain in population.  So job transfers is not the driver these days, it’s gain from those retirees moving to a new retirement destination.

Overall the US population grew 9.7% in the last ten years.  That is down from a 13.2% gain in the previous 2000 census, but still a respectable gain.  By region the biggest gainers in population are the South at 14.3% and the Southwest at 13.8%.  By comparison the gain in the Northeast was only 3. 2%.

By state Arizona had 24.6%, Nevada 35.1%, Georgia 17.3%, Florida 17.6%,  South Carolina 15.3% gain in population the last 10 years.  These also happen to be the states that are popular retirement destinations.  Some have speculated that people are not moving for retirement anymore, however these numbers do not bear that out.

Small Towns

Small Town by John Mellencamp

Small Town Lyrics – John Mellencamp

Well I was born in a small town
And I live in a small town
Prob’ly die in a small town
Oh, those small communities

All my friends are so small town
My parents live in the same small town
My job is so small town
Provides little opportunity

Educated in a small town
Taught to fear Jesus in a small town
Used to daydream in that small town
Another born romantic that’s me

But I’ve seen it all in a small town
Had myself a ball in a small town
Married an L.A. doll and brought her to this small town
Now she’s small town just like me
[ From:]

No I cannot forget where it is that I come from
I cannot forget the people who love me
Yeah, I can be myself here in this small town
And people let me be just what I want to be

Got nothing against a big town
Still hayseed enough to say
Look who’s in the big town
But my bed is in a small town
Oh, and that’s good enough for me

Well I was born in a small town
And I can breathe in a small town
Gonna die in this small town
And that’s prob’ly where they’ll bury me