Analyst updating references

13 Dec

Five of the states—Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada, and Texas—are sometimes collectively called the Sand States because of their abundance of beaches or deserts.

the term "Sun Belt" became synonymous with the southern third of the nation in the early 1970s.

The region is noted for its mild winter, frequent sunny skies, and growing economic opportunities.

The sun belt is the fastest growing region in the United States.

Recreational opportunities in the sun belt are often not tied strictly to one season, and many tourist and resort cities, such as Miami, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Houston Tampa, Orlando, Myrtle Beach, Tucson, and Palm Springs support a tourist industry all year.

The Sun Belt comprises the southern tier of the United States, including the states of Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, South Carolina, Texas, roughly two-thirds of California (up to Greater Sacramento), and parts of Arkansas, North Carolina, and Nevada.

In this period, economic and political prominence shifted from the Midwest and Northeast to the South and West.

Factors such as the warmer climate, the migration of workers from Mexico, and a boom in the agriculture industry allowed the southern third of the United States to grow economically.

More recently, high tech and new economy industries have been major drivers of growth in California, Florida, Texas, and other parts of the Sun Belt.

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The climate spurred not only agricultural growth, but also the migration of many retirees to retirement communities in the region, especially in Florida and Arizona.

Industries such as aerospace, defense, and oil boomed in the Sun Belt as companies took advantage of the low involvement of labor unions in the region (due to more recent industrialization, 1930s–1950s) and the proximity of military installations that were major consumers of their products.