Domestic Immigration Spur’s Alabama’s Population Growth

 1580115921 
1621423055

The Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama

Alabama’s population has grown to more than 5 million people, not because of residents expanding their families, but because of people moving into the state from other places in the country.

In fact, Alabama’s birth rate fell in the 2010s and its death rate rose, which follows a national trend, according to a Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama analysis of U.S. Census Bureau estimates released earlier this month.

“For the first time in 2020, the Census Bureau estimated that more people died in Alabama than were born,” according to the PARCA report.

The Baby Boomer generation that once swelled populations to record numbers is now producing deaths, instead, as members of the older generation die and the following generations are not having children at comparable rates.

PARCA analyzed data from the bureaus’ estimates, including population changes by county and immigration patterns. See the full report on PARCA’s website.

 

Jefferson County drug overdose deaths hit new peak in 2022

Drug overdose deaths topped gun and vehicle-related deaths investigated last year by the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office.

‘Nobody is getting to you’: How workforce challenges leave Gulf South EMS agencies strapped

Emergency services in Louisiana are spending more time waiting to offload patients at hospitals and that means fewer are responding to calls at any given time.

Presence of chemicals in landfill fire smoke catalyzes EPA to step in

The EPA is taking action to extinguish the fire after air sampling results showed carcinogenic chemicals in smoke from the site.

Birmingham-Southern president says he’ll do everything possible to keep the college open

Birmingham-Southern College, a private institution, is asking the state to help bail it out after financial troubles. School President Daniel Coleman shared with WBHM what he sees as the path ahead for the college.

Alabama extends time for executions, ends automatic review

The Alabama Supreme Court abolished the one-day time frame for executions. Instead, the governor will set a window of time. The court also eliminated an automatic “plain error review” of death penalty cases.

Parole denied for 90% of Alabama inmates, a new low

The rate of state inmates being granted parole in Alabama has plummeted to a new low, with 90% of eligible inmates being rejected last fiscal year.

More BirminghamWatch Coverage