Why does the northwestern U.S. have so few people?

Futurist

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The whole west is dry. See on that second map in post # 1. Draw a north-south line through San Antonio, Austin, Dallas/Ft Worth, Oklahoma City, Wichita and on northward. To the right of that line there is yellow. To the left of that line it's more green. That's the dry line. People can't live where there is no water. With the exception of a few places like Seatle, there is very little rainfall west of that line. The southwest has been reckless in the way they have encouraged population and economic growth to the point of severely stressing the water supply. The northwest either has not tried to excede sustainable population or more likely has tried but has failed to attract more people. The lower population level of the northern plains and Rocky Mountains is much more environmentally sustainable.
Why was the northwest less successful at attracting new people than the southwest was, though?

Also, it's quite interesting that Arizona alone has about as many people as Nebraska, the Dakotas, Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho have combined.
 

Chlodio

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Why was the northwest less successful at attracting new people than the southwest was, though?

Also, it's quite interesting that Arizona alone has about as many people as Nebraska, the Dakotas, Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho have combined.
It's the warm weather that attracted all of those retirees. Military spending may have had something to do with it. Colorado has a lot of military bases and a large military retiree community. California, too, and a lot of defense contractors. There are only a few military bases in the northern Plains and mountain states and they are generally considered undesirable military assignments. Why not Minot (SD)? Freezin's the reason!
 
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Futurist

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It's the warm weather that attracted all of those retirees. Military spending may have had something to do with it. Colorado has a lot of military bases and a large military retiree community. California, too, and a lot of defense contractors. There are only a few military bases in the northern Plains and mountain states and they are generally considered undesirable military assignments. Why not Minot (SD)? Freezin's the reason!
Interesting points.

BTW, it's interesting that the northeastern U.S. has much more people in spite of likewise having cold weather--especially during the winter.
 

Chlodio

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Interesting points.

BTW, it's interesting that the northeastern U.S. has much more people in spite of likewise having cold weather--especially during the winter.
The population of the northeast declined after the invention of air conditioning. Before air conditioning people tolerated cold winters to avoid really hot summers. After air conditioning, people went south to avoid cold winters.
 
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Futurist

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The population of the northeast declined after the invention of air conditioning. Before air conditioning people tolerated cold winters to avoid really hot summers. After air conditioning, people went south to avoid cold winters.
Makes sense.

That said, though, the northeast still has much more people than the northwest has even right now.
 

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