I have an admission to make. Over the past couple of years, I have been buying up old time music CDs. Al Jolson, Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Ethel Merman, etc. As if I wasn’t boring enough, now I listen to music that my grand parents listened to.

But I digress.

One of the more catchier tunes is from the Bing Crosby Show circa 1949. It’s called Boise, Idaho and it’s a duet with Judy Garland. It’s basically a song about how wonderful that city is to live in.

Now, I read that Idaho is the third fastest growing state in the USA and that the growth is fuelled by in-migration.

Idaho. As a percentage of the US population, Idaho is smaller than PEI -relative to Canada’s population. Idaho. 1,700 miles from Chicago. 2,500 miles from New York. 1,100 miles from LA.

In short. It’s small and isolated from the major population centres of the US.

Sound familiar?

It’s refreshing when I hear of these places growing strongly. I, maybe mistakenly, draw some hope that New Brunswick could also be a growing province some day.