Central Florida is shrinking

When we were getting estimates from movers to take us out of the Central Florida area, one made the comment that for the first time in a very long time they consider Florida an “outbound” state. In other words, more people are leaving than moving in.

And the moving industry is very slow even though there are a lot of people moving out. I suspect it’s because a large portion of the people leaving have foreclosed or short-sold their homes and can’t afford movers.

Anyway, today my friend Jennifer pointed me to these numbers from theĀ Orlando Sentinel:

Central Florida lost 9,700 residents in the past year, reversing a decades-long trend of population growth for the Orlando area, according to estimates released Wednesday.

“This is a 180-degree turn for the Orlando area,” said William Frey, a demographer with the Brookings Institution in Washington. “It’s jaw-dropping, in a way.”

The region’s population drop accounted for about 17 percent of the state’s total loss of 58,294 between April 1, 2008, and April 1, 2009, according to the estimates by the University of Florida’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research. It’s largely the result of people leaving the area in search of jobs. Orlando ranks near the top of the state in unemployment and was listed as one of the worst cities in the country to be looking for work by Indeed.com, a site that aggregates job listings on the Internet.

Speaking of job listings, cities, and Indeed.com, did you know that Washington, DC is supposedly the best place to be?
june 2009 unemployment by city

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  • kevindonahue

    Damn… now I feel guilty about leaving.

  • kevindonahue

    Damn… now I feel guilty about leaving.