Originally Posted by kcexpress69
That article just focused on California. What do you think Arizona's population will be by 2050? New Mexico? South Texas? Edluva made me think of an interesting point as well. It's true that if you put Michigan, Illinois, and Ohio together, you would have the same size and population as California. However, the population of those three states have also stablized. By 2050 that population might have increased by a few million whereas California would almost double. That state is going to have a huge problem if it doesn't already now. If the population growth exceeds economic growth, you can bet that the able bodied people will move east in a heartbeat. And not just Riverside county or Fresno. Perhaps the Midwest.
Perhaps the Midwest, but that would be a BIG perhaps. As someone who has lived in So. Cal for many years, I think I understand it's selling points pretty well, and what additional options Southern Californians will seek out most. Most alternative states would be located in the West. Eastern Oregon and Washington are more of an attractive alternative for Californians, or even the Boise area. Utah and Denver/Western Colorado will continure to be at the top of California's wish list nationally, for both having a large urban core and adjacent requisite jaw-dropping scenery and convenient outdoor amenities, of the spectacular variety. One up and coming metro to watch will be Southern Utah's St. George area. The climate is Las Vegas like, but the surrounding scenery is mind blowing, and it is a very short clip to Vegas for world class diversion.