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The fastest-grow­ing state in the na­tion is Utah — this ac­cord­ing to new Cen­sus Bureau num­bers. Utah’s pop­u­la­tion reached 3.1 mil­lion in the last year, an in­crease of 2 per­cent, deemed the largest per­cent­age in­crease in Amer­ica.

“States in the South and West con­tin­ued to lead in pop­u­la­tion growth. In 2016 37.9 per­cent of the na­tion’s pop­u­la­tion lived in the South and 23.7 per­cent lived in the West,” says Ben Bolen­der, chief of the pop­u­la­tion es­ti­mates branch.

Ne­vada, fol­lowed by Idaho, Florida and Wash­ing­ton, were the run­ners-up for fastest-grow­ing states. North Dakota, which had been the fastest-grow­ing state for the pre­vi­ous four years, fell out of the top 10 in growth “due to a net out­flow of mi­grants to other parts of the coun­try,” the bureau noted.

Na­tion­ally, the U.S. pop­u­la­tion grew by 0.7 per­cent to 323.1 mil­lion in the last year; the most pop­u­lous state is Cal­i­for­nia, with more than 39 mil­lion res­i­dents. Eight states lost pop­u­la­tion, in­clud­ing Penn­syl­va­nia, New York and Wy­oming. Illi­nois lost more peo­ple than any other state, down by 37,508 res­i­dents.

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