Below are the top ten states in their PERCENT of population growth this past year. Economics seems to play a major role in this growth.
The top five states are all “right to work” states — eight of the top ten. Consider that 27 of the 50 states are right to work states. One “top ten” fast growing state that is NOT a right to work state is Washington — but it has zero state income tax. Only Colorado is growing without a strong economic advantage. Must be that Rocky Mountain high.
Academics have correctly pointed out that the right to work law in itself may not be the driving force in a state’s growth. But these researchers also point out that such states all have a more business friendly climate than do the non-right to work states. In other words, “right to work” is a good indicator that the state likes businesses.
California? As a very anti-business state, the CA population grew 0.4%. The national average is 0.6% — 50% higher than California.
BTW, four of the BOTTOM five states are labor union-controlled states. They have no right to work laws.
Top 10 States in Percentage Growth: 2017 to 2018