NEW YORK – Feb. 5, 2018 – The U.S. population is growing and rose by 2.2 million people in 2016, according to the latest Census data.

But the population growth isn’t even, as some areas face booming growth patterns even as others show little or no growth. The South and West, for example, saw their populations rise by 1.1 percent in 2016, while the Northeast and Midwest saw just a 0.1 percent uptick.

Out of the 50 U.S. states, eight had populations that grew by more than 1.6 percent in 2016. Many of the fastest-growing states tend to have affordable, midsize cities with quality school systems, and low unemployment, reports 24/7 Wall St., a financial news site.

24/7 Wall St. reviewed one-year populations for all 50 states from 2015 to 2016 Census data. (The population estimates listed are from July 1 of each year.)

The fastest growing states are:

1. Utah

  • 1-year population growth rate: 2.03%
  • Current population: 3.05 million
  • 2015 population: 2.99 million
  • 10-year population growth rate: 20.82%

2. Nevada

  • 1-year population growth rate: 1.95%
  • Current population: 2.94 million
  • 2015 population: 2.88 million
  • 10-year population growth rate: 16.55%

3. Idaho

  • 1-year population growth rate: 1.83%
  • Current population: 1.68 million
  • 2015 population: 1.65 million
  • 10-year population growth rate: 14.60%

4. Florida

  • 1-year population growth rate: 1.82%
  • Current population: 20.61 million
  • 2015 population: 20.24 million
  • 10-year population growth rate: 13.46%

5. Washington

  • 1-year population growth rate: 1.78%
  • Current population: 7.29 million
  • 2015 population: 7.16 million
  • 10-year population growth rate: 14.40%

6. Oregon

  • 1-year population growth rate: 1.71%
  • Current population: 4.09 million
  • 2015 population: 4.02 million
  • 10-year population growth rate: 11.51%

7. Colorado

  • 1-year population growth rate: 1.68%
  • Current population: 5.54 million
  • 2015 population: 5.45 million
  • 10-year population growth rate: 17.37%

8. Arizona

  • 1-year population growth rate: 1.66%
  • Current population: 6.93 million
  • 2015 population: 6.82 million
  • 10-year population growth rate: 14.96%

Meanwhile, West Virginia and Illinois are seeing their populations shrink by the fastest amount. West Virginia’s one-year population growth rate dropped by 0.54 percent; its 10-year population growth rate is projected to be 0.17 percent. Illinois’ one-year population growth rate declined by 0.29 percent, though its 10-year population growth rate is 1.25 percent, according to the study.

More study results are posted online.

Source: “The Fastest Growing (and Shrinking) States,” 24/7 Wall St. (Jan. 5, 2018)

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