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Census 2000:
A Look at the Big Picture
from the 2000 census.
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Every State A Winner!

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l For the first time in one hundred years, every state in the US saw a net population increase. According to the Census Bureau, the growth of areas that had formerly seen decline, such as the Northeast and Midwest, was in part attributed to aging boomers who have decided to stay put as they face retirement. Additionally, a strong economy in some of these areas made them more attractive to immigrants. And finally, the growth of "virtual jobs" allowed people to connect via the internet and work from anywhere. Perhaps this is part of the phenomenon captured in the popular new television series, "Ed" which takes place in a Midwest town setting. Having said this, 22% of all US counties still saw a decline. But it is very significant that all states experienced growth. l
     
l Next Month's QuickInsight
The diverse origins of Hispanics & Latinos
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U.S. Population Change by State: 1990 to 2000
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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Consider the great opportunity reflected in this report.
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l In the Faith Communities Today report released by the Hartford Center for the Study of Religion, new church development has not been a top priority. Perhaps it is time for denominational planning agencies and local congregations all over the US to consider again aggressive church planting.
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