Published: Thu, December 21, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Idaho tops list of fastest-growing states

Idaho tops list of fastest-growing states

Right behind Idaho with increases were Nevada at 2 percent; Utah, 1.9 percent; Washington, 1.7 percent, and at 1.6 percent each, Florida and Arizona.

Since 2010, IL has lost almost 643,000 people on net to other states.

The estimates, published by the U.S. Census Bureau, estimated population changes between July 1, 2016 and July 1, 2017.

In all, 8,300 more people left Wyoming than moved to the state over the past year but new births meant that the total loss of population was less than that. In percentage terms, IL saw the third-worst population decline in the nation. It was No. 2 in population in the 1940 census behind NY. Only West Virginia has seen more consecutive years of population decline, with five. Persons age 65 and older now constitute 16% of the population, up from 13.3% in 2010 and 12.5% in 2000. However, net worldwide migration continues to be a significant factor in the population growth of the United States, adding just over 1.1 million people in the past year. IL had the largest numeric decline, losing 33,703 people (this was a relatively small percentage change compared to its population of 12.8 million).

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Migration from other states and countries accounts for the majority of the population increase, according to the data.

According to a news release from the Chief Economist Wenlin Liu, Wyoming's population fell by 5,595 from July 2016 to July 2017.

Iowa's population grew by half of one percent, ranking it 26th in the nation. Wyoming has roughly 579,000 people, while the "land of Lincoln" has over 6.6 million.

The new estimates did not reflect the impact on Gulf state of Hurricane Harvey and Irma, which occurred in August and September, respectively.

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