New U.S. Census Data and Trends to Watch

The population changes every year in the United States. Generally we see a positive change with the overall populations meaning more births and deaths, however, a few states had more deaths than births according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

According to the Bureau’s factors that contribute to the 2016-2017 estimates for populations for the 50 states results are international and domestic migration and the “natural population change,” which is the net births minus deaths.

The results showed that two states, Maine and West Virginia, actually saw more deaths than births. Maine’s natural population went down by 0.9 residents per 1,000, while West Virginia’s dropped by 1.7 residents per 1,000. However, Utah had an excess of births over deaths contributing to why it’s ranked the third fastest growing state with natural increase.

Idaho was the nation’s fastest-growing state over the last year. Its population increased 2.2 percent to 1.7 million from July 1, 2016, to July 1, 2017. The next largest percentage increases in state population were; Nevada (2.0 percent), Utah (1.9 percent), Washington (1.7 percent), and Florida along with Arizona (1.6 percent).

The two fastest growing states Idaho and Nevada experienced “domestic migration,” which is defined by the number of residents who move into a state from another, minus the people who moved out of that state. The census showed that the Northeastern and Midwestern states tended to lose population due to domestic migration as more residents moved out of the state than into the state. By region, the Western and Southern states mostly saw gains from other parts of the country. States that saw dramatic increases due to domestic migration were Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, and Montana.

Overall, the southern and western regions led America’s population growth. In 2017, 38 percent of the nation’s population was in the Southern states and 23.8 percent in the Western states.

A number of common factors affect migration patterns throughout the country. Residents move from state to state for economic and educational opportunities as well as quality of life factors and the cost of living. Many of the fastest growing states have midsize cities with quality school systems, low unemployment rates, and offer affordable housing.

To determine the fastest growing and shrinking states, the WSJ reviewed the one-year population change of all 50 states from 2015 to 2016 with data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Below is a list of the fastest growing and shrinking states in the U.S.

Fastest Growing

The population of Idaho increased by 1.8% in 2016. Idaho has a relatively high birth rate, and natural growth accounting for about one-third of all new Idahoans in 2016. The remaining population growth was due to the large influx of residents from other parts of the country. A net total of 17,143 Americans relocated to Idaho in 2016, far more than in most states.

The population of Utah grew by 2.0% in 2016, nearly three times the 0.7% national population growth rate and the fastest pace of any state. Unlike most fast-growing states, the majority of Utah’s population increase was due to natural growth. Utah has the largest average family size in the country. While Utah’s high birth-to-death ratio accounted for most of the state’s population growth, Utah’s population also grew more from inbound migration than many other states.

The population of Nevada increased by 2.0% in 2016, The state has sustained strong population growth over the past decade, growing by 16.5% from 2006 to 2016, nearly twice the 8.3% national growth rate.

Like many of the fastest-growing states, Florida’s rapid population growth was largely due to migration. About 9 in every 10 new Floridians either moved from another state or from another country.

Washington state’s population grew by 1.8% in 2016, more than twice the 0.7% national population growth rate. The state’s strong population growth over the past decade was accompanied by a large increase in their GDP. The states information sector such as industry giants including Microsoft, Amazon, and Expedia ignited the growth.

Since 2006, Oregon’s population has grown at an average rate of 1.1%. Approximately 3 in every 4 new Oregonians in 2016 moved to the state from another state (domestic migration), with the remaining population increase due to natural growth. Many new residents likely came to Oregon for economic opportunity.

Colorado’s population grew by 1.7% in 2016, among the fastest pace of any state. Like many of the fastest growing states, domestic migration contributed the most to the states rapid population growth. A net influx of 50,216 Americans relocated to Colorado in 2016.

Arizona’s population grew by 1.7% in 2016, more than twice the 0.7% national population growth rate. Most of the state’s growth was again due to new residents migrating from another state. A net total of 61,544 Americans relocated to Arizona that year in 2016.

Fastest Shrinking States

West Virginia
West Virginia was one of two states to see both negative natural growth and net migration loss in 2016. West Virginia, which has one of the oldest populations of any state, has the highest death rate and one of the lowest birth rates in the country. Approximately 2,700 more West Virginians died than were born in 2016, accounting for one-fourth of the state’s total population loss. Most of the population loss was due to people leaving the state. Major factors causing people to migrate out of West Virginia were the high unemployment rates and poverty. In total, West Virginia’s population decreased by about 10,000 residents in 2016, the most of any state relative to population size.

While the population of Illinois has increased nearly every year in the past five decades, the state’s population declined in 2014, 2015 and 2016. The state’s population shrank by 0.3% in 2016, the second fastest pace of decline of any state. A large share of the population loss was due to residents leaving the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin metro area. In a survey conducted by the Chicago Tribune, residents who had moved out of the city in recent years cited high taxes, unemployment, poor weather, and violent crime as primary reasons for leaving Chicago. The population decreased by over 37,508 residents with the majority of them being from the city of Chicago (19,570).

The population of Vermont declined by 0.2% in 2016, the third largest contraction of any state. Most of the population decline was largely due to outbound migration. Approximately 2,000 more residents moved out of Vermont in 2016 than moved in, nearly the largest loss of any state when adjusted for population size. Vermont’s population growth was also impacted by the state’s low birth rate.

The state’s population shrank by 0.2% in 2016, the fourth largest decline in the nation. Connecticut’s population has declined substantially in recent years, with approximately 20,000 residents exciting since 2013. Unfortunately, many of the residents leaving the state are young, college-educated professionals. The population loss will likely hurt the state’s economic potential.

Wyoming was the only state to grow more from natural growth than the United States as a whole in 2016 and still have population loss overall. Approximately 2,800 more new Wyomingites were born than died in 2016, however, heavy outbound migration led to negative population growth in Wyoming overall. Overall 3,823 more residents moved out of Wyoming in 2016 than moved in, more than in any other state relative to population size.

While the U.S. population grew by 0.7% in 2016, the population of Pennsylvania shrank by 0.1%. The change was largely due to residents who moved out of the state; approximately 45,600 more residents exited the state than moved in making it one the largest domestic outflow states in the nation. Pennsylvania’s population loss was also partially due to the state’s low birth-to-death ratio. Overall, Pennsylvania grew less from natural growth than any state other than New Hampshire, Maine, and West Virginia.

The population of Mississippi declined by approximately 660 residents in 2016. The population loss was largely due to outbound migration to other states. Roughly 7,500 more Mississippi residents moved out of the state than moved in during 2016. While Mississippi had positive natural growth in 2016, the state’s death rate was relatively high, and the natural population growth was lower than the national average. Many residents exited the state due to the state’s low quality of life, and depressed economy. Today, over 20% of state residents live in poverty, the largest share in the country.

New York
New York is one of many Northeastern states whose populations are rapidly declining due to outbound migration. While the state gained a net total of 118,478 new residents from other countries, over 190,000 residents moved out of New York to another state in 2016 than moved in.

Orthodontic Job Opportunity: Florida Panhandle

A booming, multi-location orthodontic practice in the Florida Panhandle is currently looking for a full-time orthodontic associate.

Did someone say sunshine and white-sand beaches? The coast is roughly 200 miles long and 50-100 miles wide. In fact, these beaches have been ranked among the best in the country by the likes of USA Today, TripAdvisor, Dr. Beach, and the Travel Channel. You can expect traditional Southern hospitality and more conservative values in this part of Florida as residents have hung onto its southern culture. There are endless options of things to do in the Florida Panhandle from classic, must-see attractions to local hang-outs, popular shops, and top-notch restaurants. When the sun goes down, there is plenty of fun to be had at several hot spots that offer live music or entertainment. This area is home to most of the military bases in Florida allowing you to view the Blue Angels practicing in the air to seeing the vintage aircraft for free at the Air Force Armament Museum.

This opportunity is perfect for an associate to practice in an area that has endless beauty and southern charm. The ideal candidate is available by fall 2018 and eligible for Florida licensure. To learn more about this practice opportunity, please forward your CV and letter of interest to Shannon Patterson at

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Orthodontic Practice For Sale: Southern Minnesota/Northern Iowa

A solid, multi-location orthodontic practice located in Southern Minnesota and Northern Iowa is for sale.

If you desire to live in a community filled with charm and a great quality of life, this opportunity is for you. The cost of living and unemployment rate is low in the area making it a great place to reside. Known as “The Land Between the Lakes” this community allows you to enjoy year-round activities including boating, fishing, camping, canoeing, and kayaking. Travelers Magazine rated this location “one of the best cities in the world for architecture lovers”.  There is year-round fun, fresh air, unique festivals, concerts, and more awaiting you.

This opportunity is perfect for a doctor looking to own a practice in the heart of the Midwest where residents truly enjoy living. The ideal candidate is available by spring 2019 and eligible for Minnesota and Iowa Licensure. To learn more about this practice opportunity please forward your CV and letter of interest to

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Orthodontic Job Opportunity: Metropolitan Suburbs of Tampa, Florida

Blog TemplateA private orthodontic practice in the Metropolitan Suburbs Area of Tampa, Florida is seeking a full-time associate to join their fun-loving team!

There is an array of things to do and see in the heart of Florida. Known for its beaches and fresh water lakes, this area provides a laid-back lifestyle along with the amenities of a metropolitan area, including professional sports teams, theme parks, entertainment, and dining options. The suburbs still embrace their past which is evident as you stroll along the tree lined brick streets in the historic neighborhoods. The cost of living in this community is slightly lower than the national average and they continue to experience steady growth as it transforms into a unique city, embracing the values and needs of its residents.

If you are looking for an all-around beautiful place to reside and practice, this opportunity is for you. The ideal candidate is available by winter 2018 and eligible for Florida licensure. To learn more about this practice opportunity, please forward your CV and letter of interest to Shannon Patterson at

Orthodontic Job Opportunity: Duluth, Minnesota

Equity-minded Orthodontic Associate, DuluthA private, thriving orthodontic practice in Duluth, Minnesota is seeking an equity-minded orthodontic associate to join their team.

Duluth is located at the Head of the Great Lakes on a 600-foot bluff over-looking the largest freshwater lake in the world. Duluth is a big, small town surrounded by natural beauty with pristine lakes and lots of green space. The city was recently named the second best adventure hub in the entire world and Outside Magazine ranked the city as the “Best Town” in 2014.

Resident’s experience all four seasons and outdoor lovers will always find something to do. The spring and summer months are warm but not uncomfortable, allowing many residents to enjoy spending time downtown and on the lakes. The fall and winter months offer great hiking weather and skiing/snowboarding at the Midwest’s largest terrain park  ‘Spirit Mountain’.

Duluth rests halfway between the Twin Cities and the Canadian border and has one of the largest international ports in the world. Therefore, the area has a thriving business community and is a key player for shipping, commercial, and manufacturing centers. Other major industries in the area include healthcare, education, aviation, technology, and tourism.

Duluth is a fabulous place to raise a family, seek higher education, work, or journey outside! Ideal candidate is available by fall 2018 and eligible for Minnesota licensure. To learn more about this practice opportunity, please forward your CV and letter of interest to

Orthodontic Job Opportunity: Birmingham, Alabama

Full-time Orthodontic Associate, BirminghamA growing, multi-location practice is seeking a full-time associate orthodontist in the suburbs of Birmingham, Alabama.

Birmingham, Alabama is experiencing a renaissance from craft breweries to James Beard award-winning chefs! Birmingham has undergone a renaissance in recent years, attracting national attention for its flourishing restaurant scene, downtown revival, and overall quality of life. Historic buildings are being renovated, condos and loft apartments now proliferate downtown, and there are a growing number of entertainment and shopping options. Birmingham tops Forbes magazine’s 2015 list of affordable cities.

In 2010, the city opened Railroad Park with a 22 million dollar investment that has transformed an area of town that was filled primarily with abandoned warehouses into a 19-acre green space which has been recognized nationally. Railroad Park beat out New York City’s acclaimed High Line for the Urban Land Institute’s 2012 Urban Open Space Award. The park is also home to the Birmingham Barons, a minor-league baseball team with a stadium that 8,500 fans at Regents Field. The entire area, now known as the Parkside District, is undergoing a rapid resurgence.

If you are looking for a place to call home, this is the perfect opportunity for you. Ideal candidate is available by fall 2018 and eligible for Alabama licensure. To learn more about this practice opportunity, please forward your CV and letter of interest to

GORP 2018: Get Your Motor Running

GORP 2018: Get Your Motor RunningPut the pedal to the metal and kick-start your orthodontic career by attending GORP (August 2-5). This year, GORP celebrates 30 years of outstanding learning and networking for orthodontic residents. As doctors embark on the University of Michigan, the excitement intensifies, as there are a variety of lectures scheduled, exhibitors to meet, and many extracurricular activities to attend (including a banquet at the Henry Ford Museum).

If you are attending GORP, be sure to stop by our table and enter to win a Resident Survival Kit! It’s packed full of items that will help you reach the finish line of your residency and put your future orthodontic career in overdrive.

Be sure to take a moment to meet Shannon Patterson and Anthony Copple. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding practice opportunities, placement services, buyer representation services and current market trends. If you are unsure about the direction of your future orthodontic career, Shannon, our Orthodontic Placement Specialist, can provide guidance with your career choices and discuss current market trends in the orthodontic industry. She will have a list of our current practice opportunities, including associate positions, equity-minded associate positions and practices for sale throughout the United States. If you have identified a practice purchase opportunity or an opportunity to join an existing practice as a partner, Anthony will be available to address questions you may have regarding buyer representation.

Our bags are packed and we are hitting the road…hope to see you there!

Orthodontic Job Opportunity: Lexington, Kentucky

Lexington KY_Blog TemplateA thriving multi-location orthodontic practice in central Kentucky is seeking a full-time orthodontic associate. This is one of the most innovative and leading Orthodontic practices in the country, employing proactive strategies in the rapidly changing dental industry. Imagine being part of a practice leading change in the dental industry and the orthodontic specialty, rather than being a victim of market forces.

Central Kentucky is the “Horse Capital of the World” and home of the famous Kentucky Derby. While horse farms give the region its identity, Lexington has created a unique cultural identity of its own. A college town and home to the University of Kentucky, the community has a constant influx of young, educated people feeding its economy. The locals enjoy an array of activities including cheering on the “Kentucky Wildcats” during basketball season and enjoying the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, local unique cuisine, and lots of outdoor recreation. With a diverse job market, including Toyota, Valvoline, Big Ass Fans, and others, the region enjoys a stable economy with a growing population. At the same time, the cost of living is still relatively low, making Lexington an ideal spot for young professionals.

If you are looking to practice in a diverse city with lots of social activity, this opportunity is a perfect fit! The ideal candidate will be one who desires to innovativley embrace the future, is seeking long-term ownership / partnership, and loves to serve patients with excellence. This amazing opportunity is available immediately, and will ideally be filled no later than the fall of 2018, for those eligible for Kentucky licensure. To learn more about this practice opportunity, please forward your CV and letter of interest to

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Orthodontic Practice For Sale: Roanoke Valley, Virginia

Roanoke Valley_Blog TemplateA well-established private orthodontic practice located in the Roanoke Valley of Virginia is currently for sale. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains the area offers a beautiful setting on a budget, the area is ranked #3 by Livability for Best Most Affordable Places to live in 2018.  Residents enjoy year-round recreation, excellent schools, and an active arts/culture music scene. The area is also known for family run vineyards producing award-winning wines that are helping Virginia become known as one of the premier wine destinations in the world.

The region regularly receives awards and accolades for its high quality of life;

  • 10 Best Bike-Friendly Cities in the U.S. by USA Today Travel
  • Best Trail Town by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine
  • 100 Best Places for Business Development by Inc. Magazine
  • Best Places to Retire by Money Magazine
  • 10 Best Places to Raise a Family by Parenting Magazine

This opportunity is ready for transition with a motivated seller. Ideal candidate is available by fall 2018 and eligible for Virginia licensure. To learn more about this practice opportunity, please forward your CV and letter of interest to Shannon Patterson at

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Orthodontic Job Opportunity: Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City_Blog TemplateA thriving orthodontic practice in Kansas City, Missouri is seeking a full-time associate orthodontist.

On the banks of the Missouri River, Kansas City is known for its long tradition of jazz music, their own style of barbeque, and craft breweries. Ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. based on quality of life, job market, and cost of living, Kansas City is the “small, big city” of the USA. As many Millennials are flocking to Kansas City for its desirable cost of living and optimal job market, the area is also experiencing small independent business growth with high-end custom boutiques, restaurants and coffee houses.

This is a great opportunity for an associate to work with a team that believes in changing lives through orthodontics and impacting their community in a positive way.

  • Doctor Coaching
  • Professional Financial Counseling with advice on student-debt repayment
  • Leadership Development
  • Management Development
  • Internal Clinical Board Reviews of Patient Cases
  • Patient Management
  • Communication Skills

Ideal candidate is available by fall 2018 and eligible for Missouri licensure. To learn more about this practice opportunity, please forward your CV and letter of interest to

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