The old aphorism is true: As the South goes, so goes the nation. The region is one of the fastest growing in the country. It’s expected to gain five Electoral College votes after the 2020 census, while northern Rust Belt states are expected to lose eight.
Ten of the 15 fastest growing cities in the country are in the South. And the South is home to growing communities of immigrants, people of color, LGBTQ people, and other marginalized communities.