Idaho is fastest-growing state

Idaho is fastest-growing state

Its population increased 2.2 percent to 1.7 million from July 1, 2016, to July 1, 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's national and state population estimates released today.

If trends continue, the state could find itself in a downward spiral, Harger says, though he doesn't believe IL has reached that point yet. California remains number one followed by Texas. In percentage terms, IL saw the third-worst population decline in the nation. It increased its population by 2.2 percent, which took just under 37,000 new residents to accomplish.

The top 10 most populous states, in order, are: California, Texas, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio, Georgia, North Carolina and MI.

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Colorado's population now stands at 5,607,154, up from 5,530,105 a year ago and 5,029,325 in 2010.

U.S. Census estimates released Wednesday showed Pennsylvania rose a notch to become the fifth-most populous state, passing a shrinking IL by about 3,500 people.

Nevada, Utah, Washington were the next fastest-growing states, with 2, 1.9 and 1.7 percent growth, respectively. IL had the largest numeric decline, losing 33,703 people (a relatively small percentage change compared to its population of 12.8 million). In 2017, 38.0 percent of the nation's population lived in the South and 23.8 percent lived in the West.

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IL was among eight states that saw their population fall, and lost more people than the seven other states that dropped. Be that as it may, the Census Bureau's populace gauges did not represent the storms in August and September that hit the Gulf states and Puerto Rico.

The census figures showed that Stamford, with 129,113 people, gained 239 residents and its population grew by 5.3 percent since 2010.

Iowa, meanwhile, gained 14,842 people for an estimated population of 3,145,711. Net global migration decreased 1.8% - the first drop since 2012 to 2013.

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