URI economist Len Ladaro has a post on his blog addressing the population growth in Rhode Island – or the lack there of.
A preferable way to view population change is to examine what has been happening each year for the last several years. Sadly for Rhode Island, annual population has fallen every year since July of 2004! Rhode Island was the only state with the dubious distinction of having such a long streak of population declines. So, looking at population change in a more relevant context than it has recently been viewed here, Rhode Island’s population is falling.
The professor doesn’t address possible causes for the trend, but the timeline fits nicely with our hypothesis that the elimination of the estate tax in Florida was a significant driver.