It may come as a surprise to some, but the Sunbelt is also pulling ahead in high tech jobs.
The final demographic coup for the Sunbelt lies in its attraction for families.
Once considered backwaters, these Sunbelt cities are quietly achieving a critical mass of well-educated residents.
Since 2007 five of the seven fastest growing jobs markets among the twenty largest cities were in Sunbelt states.
Indeed, of the ten fastest growing big metros areas in America in 2012, nine were in the Sunbelt.
If trends continue, the Sunbelt will keep growing as the coasts decline.
Even as the black great migration ended, a reverse great migration was shifting white populations toward the Sunbelt.
The clear economic capital of the Sunbelt is now Houston, with some stiff competition from Dallas-Ft.
The Sunbelt, with its job growth, strong middle class wages and lows housing costs, is a good bet for the future.
He was old and leathery, the way that natives to the Sunbelt could be.