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Texas Cities Versus California Cities (GDP Growth Edition).
Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 967 -- City Economic Growth-
Did you know:
* That from 2008 to 2011, Midland, Texas' economy grew 42.26%, 58+ times faster than the U.S. average.
* Or that in 2011, Texas had the first and second fastest growing (economically) metros, Odessa (15.2%) and Midland (9.5%), plus the top two "large" metros, Houston-Sugar Land Baytown, TX (3.7%) and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX (3.1%).
* Or that California had 11 metros in the bottom quintile for growth. Texas had just one (Lubbock, which retracted a tiny bit after a growth spurt over the past decade+).
* Or that California had just 4 metros in the top quintile; Texas had 12 of them.
While we generally get data on state-level GDP performance on a regular basis, measuring cities is another beast entirely. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis recently released a slew of belated economic growth figures for America's metropolitan areas.
Here's what that 2011 data looks like (click for larger version):
Notice how the California cities tend to be near the bottom, with some exceptions, of course. And meanwhile, the Texas cities are near the top, again, with a handful of exceptions.
Data for one year can be imperfect, because sometimes an area will grow in the double digits for years, then take a year or two to breathe, before marching forward rapidly once more. Conversely, an area may sporadically show signs of life for a single year after crippling periods of stagnation or depression. In these cases, one year of data may or may not accurately reflect true, sustained growth.
So how about a few years?
Here's what the data from 2008 to 2011 looks like (click image for larger version):
You can also see the 2008-11 data dynamically, with search functionality and so forth, here. In the interactive version, you can look for California cities, which tend to be on the left side of the graphic. Almost the mirror opposite of Texas.
And here's a handy map from the BEA showing growth (or lack thereof) around the country:
Indeed, people go where there is opportunity. Jobs. Money. Growth. Freedom. Fewer cumbersome intrusions into life's activities, big and small. Michael Barone pointed out that Texas has 4 of 5 metro areas for population growth over past 2 years. California, of course, had none.
Moreover, while the nation has regained 60% of its jobs lost in the recession, Texas has regained 162% of them. California just 42%.
And going back a bit further, we find that from 2002 to 2011, Texas created a third of the country's highest paying positions despite having only 8% of U.S. population. California, on the other hand, has 12% of America's population but a third of the nation's welfare recipients. Adjusted for cost-of-living, Texas' per capita income is now higher than California's.
Meanwhile, California's mortgage foreclosure rate remains 2.4 times higher than Texas' rate, and California's leftist domination has yielded a far faster expansion of class stratification (the rich getting richer, the poor getting poorer, and the middle class evaporating) than the national average.
Oh, and here's a bonus bit of schadenfreude: New London, Connecticut, home of the infamous Kelo Supreme Court case, had the tenth worst growth (contraction, actually: -10.7%) out of 366 metros in the nation from 2008 to 2011. I guess taking Susette Kelo's home from her wasn't the answer, after all.
Previous Trivia Tidbit: Tides Versus Kochs.
Data Visualization: Tides Versus Koch
Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 966 -- The Left-Wing Tides Foundation Escapes Scrutiny, Despite Funding Far More Causes Than The Kochs-
Some startling facts from the Washington Examiner about the liberal Tides Foundation's funding of left-wing causes versus the Kochs' funding of center-right causes, bumped up against the number of mentions by some of our nation's most venerable and virtuous purveyors of truth-telling and righteousness, those paladins of the free world itself, those champions of a just and harmonious society, the New York Times, Washington Post, New Yorker magazine, and Common Cause:
A few details:
1,130 - Number of results for search term "Koch Brothers" on The New York Times web site.
What's really driving the leftstream media's obsession with the Kochs is not some disinterested fact-finding mission into the murky caverns of political finance. It's not some righteous triumph of objective muckraking aimed at equally and ecumenically exposing scummy, cigar-filled backrooms to disinfecting beams of sunlight. The respective Tides/Koch disparities between funding and mentions is just another example of the establishment media's persistent, pernicious left-of-center ideological bias.
The next time someone on the left starts yapping about the Koch Brothers, show them this graphic and have them read this piece. Then ask them whether their conspiratorial (I'm just assuming, here) hyperbole about the Kochs' scary, corrupting money also applies to their Tides Foundation, which doles out more than fourteen times more grants and nearly six times more money to leftist causes than the three Koch Foundations together give to conservative ones.
Previous Trivia Tidbit: Texas Getting Under California's Skin.