By: Dr. Lynn Reaser
Reports have recently appeared that moving van companies have been hauling more San Diegans out of the County than moving new residents in. Are we at risk of a dwindling population that could threaten our future economic prospects?
A shrinking population could certainly stifle economic growth, but that is not the current situation. Presently, the region’s population is still growing at a moderate pace. Based on official figures as of July 1, 2013, San Diego’s resident count was 0.9% above the prior year’s level, which matched the statewide figure and was ahead of the 0.7% gain posted nationwide.
Last year, San Diego saw a net outflow of about 12,000 people to other areas in California and in the rest of the U.S., but that was offset by a 16,000 increase from foreigner residents. Meanwhile, births exceeded deaths by about 24,000. As a result, total population expanded by 28,000.
San Diego’s principal challenge is to create a business climate conducive to more jobs, an educational system to provide the necessary skills, and building policies to facilitate more affordable housing. The people will come.