While Dusty trolls the border, this morning’s New York Times notes how much less full our not-nearly full country would be without immigration:
International migration helped rural counties record their second straight year of growth, according to local population estimates for 2018 that the Census Bureau released on Thursday. And immigrants bolstered urban counties that have been losing residents to more affordable areas. Even so, the three largest metro areas in America — New York, Los Angeles and Chicago — all shrank slightly.
Without these international moves, 44 percent of the nation’s population would be in shrinking counties, instead of the current 27 percent. Dense urban counties and sparse rural areas, despite typically being on opposite sides of the political spectrum, share economic concerns related to population decline [Jed Kolko, “How Much Slower Would the U.S. Grow Without Immigration? In Many Places, a Lot,” New York Times, 2019.04.18].
Kolko finds Huron and Brookings among ten cities in the U.S. with the highest rates of international migration: