Exceptional Washington

Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“Washington is a very ‘blue’ state, but in some respects is quite unlike most other blue states. For instance, its population grew by 14.6% during the 2010s (same as Florida), which is double the national rate. Colorado was other only other blue state with that sort of fast growth, and Colorado is considerably less blue than Washington. (I count Nevada and Arizona as ‘purple,’ despite Biden’s wins.) The only northern states with faster population growth were Idaho and North Dakota, which both started from a very low base. This fast growth partly reflects the fact that NIMBYism is much less entrenched in Washington than in other parts of the West Coast.” (10/03/21)