View Full Version : What is the sunbelt?

April 11th, 2005, 06:26 PM
Just wondering where exactly the sunbelt is...


April 11th, 2005, 10:08 PM
The sunbelt is the line of cities from the west and southwest to the midwest and southeast. It is called the sunbelt for teh typically sunny and warm climate that the cities are in. Some of the cities in the sunbelt are San Deigo, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Antonio, Phoenix, Houston, Dallas, and Atlanta just to name a few.

TLOZ Link5
April 11th, 2005, 10:19 PM
Just as JCMAN said. The Sunbelt is primarily a large swath of the United States that starts in North Carolina and extends westward to Southern California. These are the places where the weather is very sunny, dry and warm, and where there's very little rainfall. With some exceptions, that part of the country was a relative economic backwater until after the Second World War, when the air conditioner became popular and economical so people could enjoy the heat as much as was desired and then retreat to the sanctuary of their nice, cool homes when needed. Cities like Phoenix and Las Vegas sprung up overnight, while others like Los Angeles and Houston doubled, tripled, or even quadrupled in size; the growth of the surrounding suburbs was even more rapid.

From the Fannie Mae Foundation website:


As the table shows, the Sunbelt can be grouped into four tiers based on population growth. At the top are the "Big Three," or the hot Sunbelt. These places have each shot up by over 13 million residents over the past 50 years. Florida-which in 1950 contained less than three million people-shot up to nearly 16 million by 2000. Texas and Southern California also made impressive gains, but grew at a slower rate because they started with larger population bases.

The "Booming Four," which grew just slightly slower than the Big Three, added almost 11.6 million to its population. Clark County Nevada, which includes Las Vegas, shot up a remarkable 2,749 percent in just 50 years. Arizona also boomed, jumping from 750,000 in 1950 to over 5.1 million in 2000. Georgia, which began the period as a mid-sized state, gained the most population in the Booming Four, and by 2000 had increased by over 4.7 million residents to reach 8.2 million.

States in the "Steady Four" gained populations on par with the U.S. growth rate from 1950 to 2000. The Carolinas grew the fastest by slightly outpacing the nation. Louisiana and Tennessee, at 67 and 73 percent growth rates respectively, lagged a bit and pulled the group average to just below the national average. North Carolina, which in 1950 was the third largest Sunbelt state with 4.1 million, almost doubled to 8 million.


April 11th, 2005, 11:39 PM
It's basically parts of the South and Southwest. I far as I know, it's cheap to live there than it is to live here. A 3-bedroom house probably goes for $100,000-200,000 in the exurbs over there, where as in the NYC Metro area you would be lucky to find a crappy 1950's ranch for $300,000. Unfortunately, the "Sunbelt" is fully of sprawl. Like many cookie-cutter suburbs, you have wide highway-like streets, few sidewalks, Wal-Marts at every turn, and McMansions popping up in old farmland. That whole area is entirely car-based! Pedestrians? We don't need no stinkin' pedestrians when you can drive your car around! That's the Sunbelt.

April 12th, 2005, 10:04 AM
Thank you for the informative answers, guys, I still like NY though, want to move there when i'm, a little older :)

Just curious, how to prices of houses and properties in California (esp. cities like SF (probably, not realy in the sunbelt), SD, LA) compare to cities, in other parts of the sunbelt,


TLOZ Link5
April 12th, 2005, 07:09 PM
Expensive. A LOT more expensive. New York might even be cheaper than San Francisco, and LA cheaper still. Not so certain about San Diego, though.

April 14th, 2005, 01:08 PM
The 10 fastest growing counties in the United States by percent change from 2003 to 2004, according to the U.S. Census Bureau:

1. Flagler County, Fla., 10.1 percent

2. Kendall County, Ill., 8.3 percent

3. Loundoun County, Va., 8.1 percent

4. Hanson County, S.D., 7.9 percent

5. Lincoln County, S.D., 7.5 percent

6. Lampasas County, Texas, 7.3 percent

7. Lyon County, Nev., 7.2 percent

8. Camden County, N.C., 7.2 percent

9. St. Johns County, Fla., 6.7 percent

10. Dallas County, Iowa, 6.6 percent.

Ive lived in St. Johns County, FL. (Saint Augustine) since 2003, and have witnessed an amazing amount of growth within the past year and a half. And I thought it was just tourists.