Record number of U.S. counties 'dying off'
Updated: Thursday, March 14 2013, 11:28 PM EDT
(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A record number of U.S. counties--more than one-in-three--are now dying off.
That's according to a U.S. Census report from 2012.
The findings show an aging population and weakened local economies are spurring young adults to seek jobs elsewhere.
The report also reflects the increasing economic importance of foreign-born residents.
Without new immigrants, many metropolitan areas, like New York, Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis would have posted flat or negative population growth.
More than 1,100 counties in the U.S. are now experiencing more deaths than births in what the Census Bureau calls "natural decrease."
That's up from 800 in 2009.