Fastest growing U.S. states- U.S. Census releases its 2012 population figures

December 20, 2012

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Fastest growing U.S. states

United States Census Bureau

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Thursday, December 20, 2012

North Dakota’s total population climbed by 2.17 percent between July 1, 2011, and July 1, 2012. This is the fastest growth of any state, and nearly three times faster than the nation as a whole, according to U.S. Census Bureau state population estimates released today.

The United States as a whole saw its population increase by 2.3 million from 2011 to 2012, to 313.9 million, for a growth rate of 0.75 percent. Texas gained more people than any other state in the year ending July 1 (427,400), followed by California (357,500), Florida (235,300), Georgia (107,500) and North Carolina (101,000). These five states combined accounted for more than half of the nation’s total population growth. In addition to 50 states and the District of Columbia, the release also includes estimates for Puerto Rico.

California remained the most populous state, with a July 1 population of 38.0 million. Rounding out the top five states were Texas (26.1 million), New York (19.6 million), Florida (19.3 million) and Illinois (12.9 million).   The only two states to lose population between July 1, 2011, and July 1, 2012, were Rhode Island (-354 or -0.03 percent) and Vermont (-581 or -0.09 percent).

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The 10 Fastest-Growing States from July 1, 2011, to July 1, 2012 Percent Change

1. North Dakota 2.17
2. District of Columbia 2.15
3. Texas 1.67
4. Wyoming 1.60
5. Utah 1.45
6. Nevada 1.43
7. Colorado 1.39
8. Arizona 1.33
9. Florida 1.23
10. South Dakota 1.19

The 10 States with the Largest Population Increase from July 1, 2011, to July 1, 2012

Numeric Change

1. Texas 427,400
2. California 357,500
3. Florida 235,300
4. Georgia 107,500
5. North Carolina 101,000
6. Arizona 86,000
7. Virginia 81,500
8. Washington 73,700
9. Colorado 71,300
10. New York 68,600

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Ranking Census Estimate  2012


United States
313,914,040
Northeast 55,761,091
Midwest 67,316,297
South 117,257,221
West 73,579,431

1.California 38,041,430
2.Texas 26,059,203
3.New York 19,570,261
4.Florida 19,317,568
5.Illinois 12,875,255
6.Pennsylvania 12,763,536
7.Ohio 11,544,225
8.Georgia 9,919,945
9.Michigan 9,883,360
10.North Carolina 9,752,073
11.New Jersey 8,864,590
12.Virginia 8,185,867
13.Washington 6,897,012
14.Massachusetts 6,646,144
15.Arizona 6,553,255
16.Indiana 6,537,334
17.Tennessee 6,456,243
18.Missouri 6,021,988
19.Maryland 5,884,563
20.Wisconsin 5,726,398
21.Minnesota 5,379,139
22.Colorado 5,187,582
23.Alabama 4,822,023
24.South Carolina 4,723,723
25.Louisiana 4,601,893
26.Kentucky 4,380,415
27.Oregon 3,899,353
28.Oklahoma 3,814,820
Puerto Rico 3,667,084
29.Connecticut 3,590,347
30.Iowa 3,074,186
31.Mississippi 2,984,926
32.Arkansas 2,949,131
33.Kansas 2,885,905
34.Utah 2,855,287
35.Nevada 2,758,931
36.New Mexico 2,085,538
37.Nebraska 1,855,525
38.West Virginia 1,855,413
39.Idaho 1,595,728
40.Hawaii 1,392,313
41.Maine 1,329,192
42.New Hampshire 1,320,718
43.Rhode Island 1,050,292
44.Montana 1,005,141
45.Delaware 917,092
46.South Dakota 833,354
47.Alaska 731,449
48.North Dakota 699,628
.District of Columbia 632,323
49.Vermont 626,011
50.Wyoming 576,412

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Annual Estimates of the Population for the United States, Regions, States, and Puerto Rico:

Geographic Area April 1, 2010 Census Estimate
Census 2012
United States 308,745,538 313,914,040
Northeast 55,317,240 55,761,091
Midwest 66,927,001 67,316,297
South 114,555,744 117,257,221
West 71,945,553 73,579,431
.Alabama 4,779,736 4,822,023
.Alaska 710,231 731,449
.Arizona 6,392,017 6,553,255
.Arkansas 2,915,918 2,949,131
.California 37,253,956 38,041,430
.Colorado 5,029,196 5,187,582
.Connecticut 3,574,097 3,590,347
.Delaware 897,934 917,092
.District   of Columbia 601,723 632,323
.Florida 18,801,310 19,317,568
.Georgia 9,687,653 9,919,945
.Hawaii 1,360,301 1,392,313
.Idaho 1,567,582 1,595,728
.Illinois 12,830,632 12,875,255
.Indiana 6,483,802 6,537,334
.Iowa 3,046,355 3,074,186
.Kansas 2,853,118 2,885,905
.Kentucky 4,339,367 4,380,415
.Louisiana 4,533,372 4,601,893
.Maine 1,328,361 1,329,192
.Maryland 5,773,552 5,884,563
.Massachusetts 6,547,629 6,646,144
.Michigan 9,883,640 9,883,360
.Minnesota 5,303,925 5,379,139
.Mississippi 2,967,297 2,984,926
.Missouri 5,988,927 6,021,988
.Montana 989,415 1,005,141
.Nebraska 1,826,341 1,855,525
.Nevada 2,700,551 2,758,931
.New   Hampshire 1,316,470 1,320,718
.New   Jersey 8,791,894 8,864,590
.New   Mexico 2,059,179 2,085,538
.New York 19,378,102 19,570,261
.North   Carolina 9,535,483 9,752,073
.North   Dakota 672,591 699,628
.Ohio 11,536,504 11,544,225
.Oklahoma 3,751,351 3,814,820
.Oregon 3,831,074 3,899,353
.Pennsylvania 12,702,379 12,763,536
.Rhode   Island 1,052,567 1,050,292
.South   Carolina 4,625,364 4,723,723
.South   Dakota 814,180 833,354
.Tennessee 6,346,105 6,456,243
.Texas 25,145,561 26,059,203
.Utah 2,763,885 2,855,287
.Vermont 625,741 626,011
.Virginia 8,001,024 8,185,867
.Washington 6,724,540 6,897,012
.West   Virginia 1,852,994 1,855,413
.Wisconsin 5,686,986 5,726,398
.Wyoming 563,626 576,412
Puerto Rico 3,725,789 3,667,084

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Cumulative Estimates of Resident Population Change for the United States, Regions, States, and Puerto Rico:

Change, 2010 to 2012  and percentage

United States 5,166,532 1.7
Northeast 443,846 0.8
Midwest 388,808 0.6
South 2,700,074 2.4
West 1,633,804 2.3
.Alabama 42,278 0.9
.Alaska 21,218 3.0
.Arizona 161,240 2.5
.Arkansas 33,212 1.1
.California 787,474 2.1
.Colorado 158,386 3.1
.Connecticut 16,250 0.5
.Delaware 19,158 2.1
.District of Columbia 30,600 5.1
.Florida 514,878 2.7
.Georgia 232,282 2.4
.Hawaii 32,012 2.4
.Idaho 28,076 1.8
.Illinois 44,623 0.3
.Indiana 53,534 0.8
.Iowa 27,329 0.9
.Kansas 32,789 1.1
.Kentucky 41,058 0.9
.Louisiana 68,521 1.5
.Maine 831 0.1
.Maryland 111,011 1.9
.Massachusetts 98,515 1.5
.Michigan -275
.Minnesota 75,214 1.4
.Mississippi 17,627 0.6
.Missouri 33,064 0.6
.Montana 15,724 1.6
.Nebraska 29,184 1.6
.Nevada 58,379 2.2
.New Hampshire 4,249 0.3
.New Jersey 72,692 0.8
.New Mexico 26,358 1.3
.New York 192,157 1.0
.North Carolina 216,602 2.3
.North Dakota 27,037 4.0
.Ohio 7,723 0.1
.Oklahoma 63,466 1.7
.Oregon 68,280 1.8
.Pennsylvania 61,157 0.5
.Rhode   Island -2,275 -0.2
.South Carolina 98,359 2.1
.South Dakota 19,174 2.4
.Tennessee 110,130 1.7
.Texas 913,642 3.6
.Utah 91,402 3.3
.Vermont 270
.Virginia 184,836 2.3
.Washington 172,469 2.6
.West   Virginia 2,414 0.1
.Wisconsin 39,412 0.7
.Wyoming 12,786 2.3
Puerto Rico -58,705 -1.6

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