New State Demographic Divisions Revealed by Census 2000

Census 2000 data reveal a new set of patterns, featuring a new cast of demographic actors. States and regions have begun to steal the show from cities, suburbs and countryside. In this article, states are grouped into three broad categories according to their distinct demographic trajectories: the Melting Pot states, the New Sunbelt states and the Heartland states.

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About the Authors
William H. Frey is a demographer on the faculty of the University of Michigan Population Studies Center and is a senior fellow at the Milken Institute in Santa Monica, CA (see http://www.freydemographer.org). Bill Abresch is an associate of the Social Science Data Analysis Network at the University of Michigan.

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