Brownsville-Harlingen has largest net population outflow among Texas cities

Brownsville-Harlingen experienced the highest net migration decline – 5 percent – among the metro areas in Texas between 2010 and 2018, according to an analysis by 24/7 Wall St.

Over that time period, the metro area recorded a 4.4 percent increase in its overall population, the study found. In its analysis, 24/7 Wall St. examined Census Bureau data to identify those cities that many Americans were abandoning.

Net migration reflects the difference between the numbers of people from other regions moving into the city and city residents moving elsewhere. Overall population changes within the city, however, also include births and deaths, according to the study.

The population of Brownsville-Harlingen in 2018 was 423,908, while the metro area’s January 2020 jobless rate was 5.6 percent, 24/7 Wall St. reported.

Among the 50 states, 10 contained no metro areas with net migration declines over the eight-year period. They are Delaware, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota and Wyoming.

Cities With Greatest Net Migration Declines by State

State City With Greatest Net Migration Decline Population % Change Due to Migration (2010-2018) Overall Population % Change 2018 Population January 2020 Unemployment Rate
Alabama Montgomery -3.2% -0.4% 373,225 2.7%
Alaska Fairbanks -9.0% 1.4% 98,971 5.3%
Arizona Sierra Vista-Douglas -5.7% -3.5% 126,770 5.5%
Arkansas Pine Bluff -11.3% -10.7% 89,515 5.3%
California Hanford-Corcoran -9.5% -1.1% 151,366 7.6%
Connecticut Norwich-New London -3.6% -2.7% 266,784 3.6%
Georgia Hinesville -10.6% 3.3% 80,495 3.5%
Hawaii Urban Honolulu -2.0% 2.8% 980,080 2.5%
Idaho Pocatello -0.8% 5.2% 87,138 2.7%
Illinois Danville -6.7% -5.9% 76,806 4.9%
Indiana Muncie -2.5% -2.5% 114,772 3.8%
Iowa Sioux City -4.1% 0.3% 169,045 2.8%
Kansas Manhattan -2.6% 5.7% 97,980 2.8%
Kentucky Elizabethtown-Fort Knox -0.5% 3.4% 153,378 4.2%
Louisiana Shreveport-Bossier City -4.0% -0.8% 436,341 5.5%
Maine Lewiston-Auburn -1.6% 0.0% 107,679 2.9%
Maryland Cumberland -2.8% -5.2% 97,915 5.3%
Massachusetts Pittsfield -1.2% -3.8% 126,348 3.5%
Michigan Flint -5.5% -4.4% 406,892 4.7%
Minnesota Duluth -0.2% -0.3% 278,799 4.3%
Mississippi Jackson -1.2% 2.2% 580,166 4.8%
Missouri St. Joseph -2.2% -0.7% 126,490 3.1%
Montana Great Falls -2.8% 0.4% 81,643 3.3%
Nebraska Grand Island -0.6% 4.0% 85,088 3.5%
New Jersey Vineland-Bridgeton -6.5% -3.6% 150,972 5.7%
New Mexico Farmington -9.1% -3.8% 125,043 5.7%
New York Watertown-Fort Drum -12.3% -3.9% 111,755 5.8%
North Carolina Rocky Mount -4.6% -4.2% 146,021 5.0%
North Dakota Grand Forks -1.1% 3.9% 102,299 2.6%
Ohio Lima -4.8% -3.4% 102,663 4.2%
Oklahoma Lawton -8.8% -3.1% 126,198 3.5%
Pennsylvania Johnstown -5.6% -8.3% 131,730 5.6%
South Carolina Sumter -4.0% -0.9% 106,512 2.9%
Tennessee Memphis -2.5% 1.9% 1.4 million 4.1%
Texas Brownsville-Harlingen -5.0% 4.4% 423,908 5.6%
Utah Logan -0.5% 12.2% 140,794 1.9%
Virginia Virginia Beach-Norfolk- Newport News -1.2% 3.1% 1.7 million 2.9%
Washington Yakima -3.9% 3.4% 251,446 6.8%
West Virginia Charleston -5.4% -7.1% 211,037 5.0%
Wisconsin Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis -2.2% 1.3% 1.6 million 3.7%

Source: 24/7 Wall St.



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