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Dec 22, 2008, 6:04 PM
Here are the latest population estimates for US States, DC, Territories and Commonwealths as of July 2008 according to the US Census (http://www.census.gov/popest/estimates.php).

States | 2008 Population est. | Growth since 2000 Census

Alabama: 4,661,900 (+214,545)
Alaska: 686,293 (+59,362)
Arizona: 6,500,180 (+1,369,573)
Arkansas: 2,855,390 (+182,004)
California: 36,756,666 (+2,885,016)
Colorado: 4,939,456 (+637,441)
Connecticut: 3,501,252 (+95,648)
Delaware: 873,092 (+89,497)
District of Columbia: 591,833 (+19,780)
Florida: 18,328,340 (+2,345,527)
Georgia: 9,685,744 (+1,498,932)
Hawaii: 1,288,198 (+76,660)
Idaho: 1,523,816 (+229,861)
Illinois: 12,901,563 (+481,903)
Indiana: 6,376,792 (+296,270)
Iowa: 3,002,555 (+76,174)
Kansas: 2,802,134 (+113,318)
Kentucky: 4,269,245 (+226,961)
Louisiana: 4,410,796 (-58,172)
Maine: 1,316,456 (+41,534)
Maryland: 5,633,597 (+337,081)
Massachusetts: 6,497,967 (+148,854)
Michigan: 10,003,422 (+64,930)
Minnesota: 5,220,393 (+300,901)
Mississippi: 2,938,618 (+93,952)
Missouri: 5,911,605 (+314,927)
Montana: 967,440 (+65,250)
Nebraska: 1,783,432 (+72,166)
Nevada: 2,600,167 (+601,910)
New Hampshire: 1,315,809 (+80,024)
New Jersey: 8,682,661 (+268,301)
New Mexico: 1,984,356 (+165,315)
New York: 19,490,297 (+513,481)
North Carolina: 9,222,414 (+1,175,914)
North Dakota: 641,481 (-714)
Ohio: 11,485,910 (+132,750)
Oklahoma: 3,642,361 (+191,721)
Oregon: 3,790,060 (+368,623)
Pennsylvania: 12,448,279 (+167,227)
Rhode Island: 1,050,788 (+2,469)
South Carolina: 4,479,800 (+467,991)
South Dakota: 804,194 (+49,357)
Tennessee: 6,214,888 (+525,618)
Texas: 24,326,974 (+3,475,163)
Utah: 2,736,424 (+503,220)
Vermont: 621,270 (+12,444)
Virginia: 7,769,089 (+690,064)
Washington: 6,549,224 (+655,081)
West Virginia: 1,814,468 (+6,123)
Wisconsin: 5,627,967 (+264,259)
Wyoming: 532,668 (+38,886)

Total: 304,059,724 (+22,635,122)

U.S. Territories and Commonwealths:

Puerto Rico: 3,954,037 (+145,434)
Guam: 175,991 (+20,667)
Virgin Islands, US: 109,840 (+1,201)
Northern Mariana Islands: 86,616 (+16,910)
American Samoa: 64,827 (+11,056)

Total: 4,391,311 (+195,268)


Utah is Fastest-Growing State (http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/013049.html)

Utah was the nation’s fastest-growing state between July 1, 2007, and July 1, 2008, as its population climbed 2.5 percent to 2.7 million, according to estimates released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Arizona was the second fastest-growing state, increasing 2.3 percent between 2007 and 2008. Texas, North Carolina and Colorado completed the top five, each with a growth rate of 2.0 percent. Nevada, which had been among the four fastest-growing states each of the last 24 years, grew 1.8 percent and ranked eighth over the most recent period.

Texas gained more people than any other state between July 1, 2007, and July 1, 2008 (484,000), followed by California (379,000), North Carolina (181,000), Georgia (162,000) and Arizona (147,000).

The only two states to lose population were Michigan and Rhode Island. Michigan’s population declined 0.5 percent (46,000), while Rhode Island’s fell 0.2 percent (2,000).

California remained the most populous state, with about 36.8 million people on July 1, 2008. Rounding out the top five states were Texas (24.3 million), New York (19.5 million), Florida (18.3 million) and Illinois (12.9 million).

Other highlights:

* On the whole, the Northeastern states have gained population at an increasing rate since 2005, a turnaround from their declining growth rates from 2000 to 2005.

* Six of the 10 fastest-growing states from 2007 to 2008 were Rocky Mountain states: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. Three others lined the South Atlantic coast: Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

* The West was the fastest-growing region (1.4 percent) between 2007 and 2008, but the South added the highest number of people over the period (1.4 million).

* The estimated July 1, 2008, population for Puerto Rico was 4 million, up by 0.3 percent (13,000) from one year earlier.

Dec 23, 2008, 3:19 AM
Bad economy slows population growth in South, West (http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2008/12/22/20081222population-states1222-ON.html)

Dec. 22, 2008 03:12 PM
Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The nation's great migration south and west is slowing, thanks to a housing crisis that is making it hard for many to move.

Most southern and western states aren't growing nearly as fast as they were at the start of the decade, pausing a long-term trend fueled by the desire for open spaces and warmer climates, according to population estimates released Monday by the Census Bureau.

The development could impact the political map when House seats are divvied up following the 2010 Census. Southern and western states will still take congressional seats away from those in the Northeast and Midwest - Florida could gain as many as two House seats and Texas could pick up four. But some seats hanging in the balance could stay put, and California could be in danger of losing a seat for the first time since it became a state.

"People want to go to where it's warm and where there are a lot of amenities. That's a long- term trend in this country," said William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution in Washington.

"But people have stopped moving," he said. "It's a big risk when you move to a new place. You need to know that moving and getting a new mortgage is going to pay off for you."

The Census Bureau released state population estimates as of July 1, 2008. The data show annual changes through births, deaths, and domestic and foreign migration.

Utah was the fastest growing state, knocking Nevada from the top ranks. Utah's population climbed by 2.5 percent from July 2007 to July 2008. It was followed by Arizona, Texas, North Carolina and Colorado. Nevada was ranked eighth, after 23 years of ranking in the top four each year.

Nevada was listed as the fastest growing state a year ago when the 2007 estimates were released. But adjustments to the 2007 numbers, released Monday, show that Utah was the fastest growing state in 2007 and Nevada was ranked third.

Only two states - Michigan and Rhode Island - lost population from 2007 to 2008, according to the new estimates. But growth rates fell in many states, even for those that had been adding residents at a rapid clip.

Foreign immigration has slowed since the start of the decade and fewer people are moving around within the nation's borders. A study by the Pew Research Center found that only 13 percent of U.S. residents moved from 2006 to 2007 - the smallest percentage since the government began tracking movers in the late 1940s.

Florida has attracted more people from other states than any other state in the nation since the start of the decade. However, from 2007 to 2008, more people left Florida for other states than moved in - a net loss of nearly 9,300 people. The state still gained population from births and foreign immigration, but growth was slower than in previous years.

From 2007 to 2008, California had the biggest net loss of people moving to other states - more than 144,000 people. It was followed by New York, Michigan, New Jersey and Illinois.

The states that attracted the most people from other states during the period were Texas, North Carolina, Arizona, Georgia and South Carolina.

The population shifts will be felt following the 2010 census, when the nation apportions the 435 seats in the House of Representatives, based on population. Texas stands to be the biggest winner, picking up as many as four seats, while Ohio could be the big loser, giving up as many as two seats, according to projections by Kim Brace of Election Data Services, a Virginia-based firm that crunches political numbers.

Other states projected to lose single seats are Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Brace projects Arizona to add two seats, while Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina and Utah could add one each. Florida could add one or two seats, Brace said.

Numerous other House seats are in play, depending on whether the nation's economic problems continue to affect population trends. As many as 13 states could gain or lose seats, depending on population trends over the next two years and the accuracy of the 2010 census, Brace said.

California illustrates the importance of an accurate head count. The Census Bureau estimates California has fewer than 37 million people, putting it in danger of losing a House seat. State demographers, however, put the population at more than 38 million, taking the seat out of play.

"If I was somebody in charge of one of the states sitting on the edge, I would be thinking about how I could improve the census in my state, because it does have an impact," Brace said.

Dec 23, 2008, 4:56 PM
Georgia's gangbusters growth has slowed a tad, but it still added fourth-most in the last year, according to the projections. It's 9th largest in population, and is still on track to pass Michigan to be 8th largest probably in two or three years.

Dec 23, 2008, 9:28 PM
Utah? Wow....yeah, I heard about it on CNN yesterday...

Dec 23, 2008, 10:17 PM
Washington has moved up 2 spots (from #15 to #13) since 2000. We've passed Indiana and Massachusetts in population. Looks like we'll probably be back to #14 next year as Arizona moves ahead of us.

Dec 24, 2008, 7:02 AM
Jeeze, this year's loss in Michigan has nearly wiped out our extremely modest early-decade gains. Though, as demographers up here have said, it's amazing it wasn't an even larger loss. What seems to really be killing us is that immigration has slowed way down. We've been losing to outmigration, forever, but it was usually offset by relatively healthy levels of immigration. It's going to be really tough to see us fall back undere the 10 million mark, which is a huge psychological mark. This is turning out to be another 80's, for us, where we registered 0% growth.

I was surprised to see how Georgia slowed and quite a few others. North Carolina's gains are just ridiculous. Apparently, only 13% of Americans moved in the time period covered, which is supposedly the lowest figure in decades, or something.

Dec 24, 2008, 4:08 PM
Yeah, migration between states is reported to be slowing way down, and that's been a big chunk of Georgia's previous growth (metro Atlanta is 60+ percent of Georgia growth).

Georgia's unemployment is pegging higher than the national average, and metro Atlanta still has an absurd number (100,000+) of unsold single family residences. Foreclosures are hitting hard here, and there are scads of nearly finished McMansions sitting vacant.

North Carolina is indeed interesting. The Census Bureau has been showing North Carolina passing Georgia in population 20- 25 years out, and it seems the pattern of North Carolina's growth exceeding that of Georgia's is beginning to take root. I think North Carolina is getting a little more of the "half-backs" abandoning Florida than Georgia.

Dec 24, 2008, 6:02 PM
I have to wonder a bout Texas though...

Overall migration to the South/West is slowing, but Texas seems to still be pretty strong. I suspect it's b/c the housing prices never experienced a huge fluctuation. Prices in Houston dropped off a little bit in November, but that's the first decline they've seen since the start of the downslide.

Dec 24, 2008, 9:22 PM
The only state that has lost people since the Census is North Dakota, which is very strange because ND has the nation's best economy right now.

South Dakota gains by 49,000, Wyoming by 39,000, Montana by 65,000, and North Dakota declines by 719. Go fig.

Rail Claimore
Dec 24, 2008, 9:38 PM
I have to wonder a bout Texas though...

Overall migration to the South/West is slowing, but Texas seems to still be pretty strong. I suspect it's b/c the housing prices never experienced a huge fluctuation. Prices in Houston dropped off a little bit in November, but that's the first decline they've seen since the start of the downslide.

Texas is very unique in that it gets huge net gains of both domestic and international migration.

Dec 24, 2008, 9:42 PM
I was surprised to see how Georgia slowed and quite a few others.

Keep in mind that earlier this year the super drought was still persisting.

Dec 24, 2008, 9:59 PM
I have lived in Utah since the mid 80's. It is definitely a different place today than it was in 2000. Specifically the growing diversity.

It looks like Utah will maintain the rapid growth rate during the the 2000's that it had during the 90's (30% growth from 1990-2000.)

1990 Utah had 1.7 MM
2000 Utah had 2.23 MM
2010 Utah will be pushing 2.9 MM

Continuing that rate, we could be doubling our population to 3.4 million people by 2015-2016 in a mere 25 years.

It is also interesting to see that Utah has outgrown more populous states, even in raw numbers growth such as:

New Jersey (and almost New York)

Dec 24, 2008, 10:33 PM
I'm thinking people may need to revise their predictions on when Florida will surpass New York in population. I remember seeing estimates around 2015. Does not look like that will happen. Florida's growth has really slowed down.

Dec 24, 2008, 11:49 PM
Texas is very unique in that it gets huge net gains of both domestic and international migration.

Also, I wouldn't discount the fact that if you owned and then sold a Silicon Valley bungalow(50 year old 2 bedroom shack)--you could practically buy a whole neighborhood in TX! Slight exageration notwithstanding, presumably you get my point.

BTW, My statement isn't meant as a slam or prop of either area...just an observation.

Dec 25, 2008, 1:22 AM
SmileyBoy, I think that ND actually grew last year (a reversal from earlier years) according to the Census.

Dec 27, 2008, 4:09 AM
I have to wonder a bout Texas though...

Overall migration to the South/West is slowing, but Texas seems to still be pretty strong. I suspect it's b/c the housing prices never experienced a huge fluctuation. Prices in Houston dropped off a little bit in November, but that's the first decline they've seen since the start of the downslide.

I'm happy to say my family(3 people) were part of the massive migration to Texas. We live in a very nice part of San Antonio, gated neighborhood, nice house, all for just under 300,000! I know for urban aspects....texas can be a drag...but my god....you can't be the life style you can get for the price!

Dec 27, 2008, 4:12 AM
TexasBoi, are you kidding me? Florida grew by 2.3 million in 8 years, thats freaking crazy for anyones standards. The actual percentages may be down, but the raw numbers are still there!

Dec 30, 2008, 3:22 PM
well more people are leaving the state of Florida for the first time in almost 30 years instead of migrating here from other states.The high cost of property insurance & taxes now is killing the boom we've enjoyed for so long not to mention our economy is in terrible shape.