THE STATE OF THE STATES
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.