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Americans are moving South, too

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rom July 2016 to July 2017, the population of the American South grew by more than 1.24 million people—more than the rest of the U.S. combined (1.08 million), according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Births outnumbered deaths in the South by more than 500,000. In addition, 350,000 Americans moved to the South from other regions, in part because of the lower cost of living—including more affordable housing, a growing job market, and lower taxes. Six of the 10 states with the most numerical growth over the last year are in the South, according to the Census Bureau.

Top 10 states in numerical growth from 2016 to 2017: • Texas • Florida • California • Washington • North Carolina

• Georgia • Arizona • Colorado • Tennessee • South Carolina

Source: Census.gov

Adoption, foster care commonplace in churches

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he Bible has a lot to say about caring for orphans. Many churches in the United States appear to be listening.

About 4 in 10 Protestant churchgoers say their congregation has been involved with adoption or foster care in the past year, according to Nashville-based LifeWay Research. LifeWay Research’s survey of 1,010 churchgoers— those who attend a Protestant or nondenominational church at least once a month—found adoption and foster care are commonplace. “Foster care appears to come naturally for churchgoers,” says Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. “It’s not surprising, since the Bible commands them to care for widows and orphans.”

Source: LifeWayResearch.com

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Adoption by the numbers

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• Total U.S. adoptions: 110,737 (2014) • International adoptions: 5,370 (2016) • Children in the U.S. foster care system: 427,910 (2015) • U.S. children waiting for adoption: 118,820 (2015) Sources: AdoptionCouncil.org, State.gov, ACF.hhs.gov

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Facts & Trends -Spring 2018 - SOAR  

Facts & Trends is designed to help pastors and other Christian leaders navigate the issues and trends impacting the church by providing info...

Facts & Trends -Spring 2018 - SOAR  

Facts & Trends is designed to help pastors and other Christian leaders navigate the issues and trends impacting the church by providing info...