The folks abandoning red states makes it about even.
The national population expanded by 1.15 million from mid-2019 to mid-2020, according to population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. Just two states — Texas and Florida — added a combined 600,000 people, accounting for more than half of the nation’s population growth over the year.
“Texas and Florida and a few other states have been really the big gainers in terms of net population growth,” says Frank Nothaft, chief economist at real estate data firm CoreLogic.
Arizona and North Carolina also attracted new residents.
The biggest losers were New York, Illinois and California.
Top 5 states for population growth
The five states with the most growth expanded by a combined 900,000 people from July 1, 2019, to July 1, 2020. They are:
Texas. Known for modest taxes and affordable housing,
Texas added an estimated 373,965 residents from mid-2019 to mid-2020.
Florida. The Sunshine State, which boasts no state income tax, grew by 241,256 people in a year.
Arizona. Benefitting from its proximity to California, Arizona has appealed to Golden State movers. Arizona added 129,558 people.
North Carolina. The state added an estimated 99,439 residents.
Georgia. The state grew by 81,997 residents.https://www.bankrate.com/real-estate/states-growing-most-during-pandemic/