Category Archives: Population

February 15, 2018

Packing up and moving out: People are leaving California in droves, including some High Desert residents

“My wife couldn’t even go shopping at Winco without being accosted,” he said. “Something has to change when you don’t feel safe in public.”

Billy Joel’s classic tune “Movin’ Out” could be an appropriate theme song for the many individuals in the High Desert and California who have packed up and relocated to places like Oregon, Michigan, Arizona, Texas and Idaho.

The Golden State continues to rank No. 1 as the state that has waved goodbye to more residents, about 143,000 last year, than welcomed those who have moved here, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report.

And despite the state losing 3.5 million people to other states from 2010 to 2015, many demographic experts said there is no mass exodus from California.

But this story is not so much about the amount of Californians leaving, but about why so many longtime High Desert residents have moved out of the Victor Valley.

Mike and Velvet Ambuski from Hesperia are among those who have relocated because they wanted to live in an area with less crime, better jobs, friendlier people, improved services, less traffic and a more politically conservative atmosphere.

The Ambuskis began their relocation road trip two weeks ago when they drove from California to Velvet’s home state of Michigan, a move Mike Ambuski calls, “One of the best things we’ve ever done.”

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February 7, 2018

The country running out of space for its millionaires

What do you do when you’re the ruler of a country that runs out of space for its super rich?

Imagine a pint-sized country – less than a square mile in size (2 square kilometres) – with sun-drenched, quiet streets, no dog poo and no income tax to pay. A place where motor racing and yachting are the national pastimes and people hop into a helicopter to get from A to B instead of hailing a taxi.

Now imagine that one in three of the people who live there are millionaires – often many times over.

This little oasis has, in fact, become such a magnet for millionaires that many more want to relocate to its sunny shores. So, the local authorities have taken the radical step of allowing the construction of artificial islands out across the sea to house them all.

Sounds too bizarre to be true, but perched on the picturesque cliff tops of the French Riviera, such an odd place does exist.

It’s the tiny principality of Monaco – millionaire hub of the world, with the highest number of millionaires per capita.

If you drive along the Mediterranean coast of France, glimpses of pebbly beaches dotted with sun-bleached umbrellas poke though the cypress trees.

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Sir David Attenborough on Overpopulation (Video)

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January 1, 2018

SoCal Still Swapping Residents for Aliens at Very Fast Pace

Southern California’s population continues to grow slowly, as the area swaps legal residents leaving for legal and illegal aliens arriving.

The combined population of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties at June 30 was 18.03 million. That amounted to a 12-month population growth of 128,552, or just 0.72 percent, according to the California Department of Finance. That was up from 94,828 in the prior 12-month period.

SoCal’s birth rate dropped from 13.69 per 1,000 residents to a new record low of 12.42 per 1,000 residents, or about 22,356 for the 12-month period. But the death rate increased from 6.26 per 1,000 to 6.71 per 1,000, or 12,078. SoCal’s net population gain was just 10,278.

The big population changes were due to migration. SoCal’s resident population experienced a “net domestic outmigration” of 64,953 for the 12-month period, down from 86,367 for the prior period. About 85 percent of California’s outmigration was concentrated in the middle 20 percent income bracket and the next lower quintile. The Independent Institute Center on Entrepreneurial Innovation found that middle-class outmigration may be explained by California falling to the second-least economically free U.S. state, with a score below that of Mexico.

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December 23, 2017

Idaho officially earns the title of nation’s fastest-growing state, Census Bureau says

Idaho was the only state to top 2 percent growth, according to the data. Trailing Idaho in percentage population growth were Nevada (2 percent growth); Utah (1.9 percent); Washington (1.7 percent); Arizona (1.6 percent); and Texas, Washington, D.C., Colorado and Oregon (1.4 percent each).

Idaho’s population increased enough in the past year to earn us the title of nation’s fastest-growing state, according to data released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Between July 2016 and July 2017, Idaho’s population increased 2.2 percent to a total of 1.7 million residents.

“Domestic migration drove change in the two fastest-growing states, Idaho and Nevada, while an excess of births over deaths played a major part in the growth of the third fastest-growing state, Utah,” said the Census Bureau’s Luke Rogers, Chief of the Population Estimates Branch, in a release.

It’s not the first time our state’s growth has made the Census Bureau’s top 10 list in percentage increases. In January 2016, the Bureau announced that Idaho’s population increased 1.2 percent. The previous year, Idaho grew by 1.4 percent. In all, Idaho has accrued nearly 200,000 new residents since 2010, when the state’s population was just over 1.5 million.

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December 11, 2017

Wilders: The Pew Report on Muslim Migration to Europe is a Wake-up Call — It is Time to Get Tough

The bell is tolling for Europe. All the warning signs are turned on red. A demographic catastrophe is in the making. If Europe fails to make a stand, its Judeo-Christian civilization is about to be blown away.

Last week, the renowned Pew Research Center published updated figures about the growing Muslim population in the broader EU region (i.e. the 28 European Union member states plus Switzerland and Norway). The figures are truly dramatic. Unless there are radical changes to the present policies towards immigration, 30.6% of the population in Sweden will be Islamic by the middle of the century. Sweden is as good as finished.

But the situation elsewhere is hardly better. 19.7% in Germany, 18% in France, 17.2 % in Britain, and 15.2% in the Netherlands. This is what Pew expects to happen if the migration patterns continue at the 2014-2016 levels. Pew also calculated what will happen if the current refugee crisis comes to an end but regular immigration continues at present level.

Under this scenario, the number of Muslims by 2050 is still bound to rise to 20.5% in Sweden, 17.4% in France, 16.7% in the UK, 12.5% in the Netherlands, and 10.8% in Germany.

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December 5, 2017

Ingraham: Dems Want Illegal Immigration to Change Demographics, Replace White Conservatives (Video)

“You got drugs coming across the border, human trafficking. They can talk a good game how they’re pro-women, we’re all about women … I can tell you who doesn’t have any reproductive rights right now — that’s Kate Steinle and a lot of people like her.”

Saturday on Fox News Channel’s “Watters World,” Fox News Channel host and conservative radio talker Laura Ingraham offered her theory on why Democrats were unwilling to support a border wall and were for sanctuary city policies, especially in the wake of the verdict from a San Francisco jury that found illegal alien Jose Ines Garcia Zarate not guilty for the killing of Kate Steinle.

Ingraham told host Jesse Watters much of it has to do with Democrats seeking a demographic shift that is more in line with their policies.

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WATTERS: Why don’t Democrats want a wall and why do they want these sanctuary city policies? What is the real reason?

INGRAHAM: I think the real reason ultimately, Jesse, is they want to replace the current electorate in the United States with a new electorate — and that new electorate — and electorate that in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, Florida — with a new electorate. And that new electorate, if the demographic changes bear out that we’ve seen develop in Virginia, that will create a California, a Florida, a Texas that looks like Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts. So, I think the Democrats want the replace, you know, the old, white yaahoo conservatives with a new group of people who might be more amenable to big government and don’t necessarily have a big affection for the Second Amendment or the Constitution.

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They’re leaving California for Las Vegas to find the middle-class life that eluded them

Las Vegas is one of the most popular destinations for those who leave California. It’s close, it’s a job center, and the cost of living is much cheaper.

The rent steals so much of your paycheck, you might have to move back in with your parents, and half your life is spent staring at the rear end of the car in front of you.

You’d like to think it will get better, but when? All around you, young and old alike are saying goodbye to California.

“Best thing I could have done,” said retiree Michael J. Van Essen, who was paying $1,160 for a one-bedroom apartment in Silver Lake until a year and a half ago. Then he bought a house with a creek behind it for $165,000 in Mason City, Iowa, and now pays $500 a month less on his mortgage than he did on his rent in Los Angeles.

Van Essen was one of the many readers who responded in October when I reached out to people who got sick and tired of the high cost of living in California. I heard from someone in Idaho and others who moved to Arizona and Nevada.

Solid recent data is hard to come by, but 2016 census figures showed an uptick in the number of people who fled Los Angeles and Orange counties for less expensive California locales, or they left the state altogether.

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September 30, 2017

Wave of Puerto Rican evacuees may shift Florida landscape

Thousands fleeing the humanitarian crisis left by Hurricane Maria may impact schools, jobs and politics.

The crisis in Puerto Rico could send tens of thousands of people to Florida, accelerating an already steady exodus from the economically depressed island and triggering wide-ranging effects on schools, housing and jobs.

“This is a humanitarian crisis and Florida needs to brace for the influx,” said Dennis Freytes, a political activist in the Orlando area. “Many of the people coming are the most vulnerable. I’m desperately trying to get my 92-year-old mother out of there and haven’t been able to even with my connections.”

The wave might also carry political ramifications.

“Florida is a big swing state and Central Florida is the epicenter of that,” Freytes said. “This could be a very big deal. There are going to be voter registration drives and both parties are going to be after them. They already are.”

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September 5, 2017

Report: Population Explosion in Africa Will Fuel Ongoing Migrant Crisis

A new analysis by the Austrian armed forces warns that Europe should be cautious about celebrating the slowdown of migration from Africa saying the numbers could be much higher in the near future.

The report, which was published in the Austrian Military Magazine (OeMZ), analyses the South Saharan-Zone in Africa (SAHEL) and concludes that due to a population explosion, limited resources, and religious extremism, a push for mass migration is increasingly likely, Kronen Zeitung reports.

The report notes that the SAHEL region has a population of around 540 million people under the age of 18, and also has the highest birthrates in the world with countries like Niger having an average rate of 7.6 children per woman. By 2050, statisticians expect that Africa will have over 1 billion people under the age of 18, while Europe will have a mere 130 million.

The massive, uncontrolled population growth will lead to “failing states”, the author notes, and said that as a result the borders of countries in the region will become blurred.

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