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May 26, 2010 11:17 AM by Melissa Canone

Census Report Finds Jump in Population Along Gulf Coast

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new census report finds a sharp jump in the
population of U.S. coastal counties along the Gulf of Mexico. But
demographers warn the trend may not last long, partly because of
the threat of major disasters such as hurricanes and the current
oil spill.
The report says the Gulf coast population grew by 150 percent
since 1960, to about 14 million. That growth surpassed all other
regions, and is double the rate of increase for the nation as a
whole, as more people sought affordable living in the South and
Southeast.
Still, some analysts predict a population shift away from Gulf
regions to inland locations. They cited rising housing costs for
coastal areas, and a greater awareness of the risks after Hurricane
Katrina and the Gulf oil spill.

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