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The 2010 U.S. Census data were released yesterday, and it was the first to officially peg the nation’s population at more than 300 million. That’s a lot of people, and most of them are migrating (not surprisingly) to the Southeast and the West.

This is good news for companies in states like Nevada and Arizona, as they’ll continue to see an influx of potential new customers.

In an interview with NPR, Census Director Robert Groves says that these transplants — leaving the Midwest and Northeast to find warmer weather and easier winters — bring with them their own cultural practices. This means an affection for lawns, trees and plants.

It also bodes well for the GOP, which tends to mean good things for the business community. But it remains to be seen if the shifting population adopts the traditionally more conservative politics of the South and West.

This census was the first to count everyone in the country, not just citizens and legal immigrants. Groves said 40 percent of the nation’s growth could be attributed to immigration.

For an interactive display of the latest data and see how things are changing in your neck of the woods, click here.

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December 22nd, 2010 at 12:28 pm

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