US Census Bureau: Idaho population booms; IL drops to sixth-biggest state

Idaho is the fastest growing state in population according to figures released by the U.S. Census Dec. 20 2017

Utah's population is growing faster than every state except for Idaho and Nevada, say new Census estimates

Colorado is a top 10 state for population growth over the a year ago, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today.

Eight states lost population between July 1, 2016, and July 1, 2017.

By comparison, Missouri's population stands at 6.1 million, an increase of 124,607 people since 2010. 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).

That represents 1% of the Cowboy state's total population and the largest percentage decline in the country. Florida comes in at number three, pushing NY down a peg to four when compared to counts from the 2010 Census.

California, Texas, Florida, New York and Pennsylvania remain the main five most crowded states.

States in the South and West continued to lead in population growth.

According to Idaho Department of Labor data, eastern Idaho is neck-and-neck with northern Idaho as the Gem State's second most populated region behind the Treasure Valley, where more than one in every three Idaho residents live.

The U.S. territory Puerto Rico lost more than 69,000 residents a year ago and filed for the equivalent of federal bankruptcy protection in May.

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The world population was listed at more than 1.44 billion, with China, India, the U.S., Indonesia, Brazil, Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Russia and Japan making up the top 10 most populous countries, in order.

Still, residents moving to the US from other countries continue to be a significant factor in USA population growth as 1.1 million people moved to the USA over the past year, according to the census bureau.

Although the mining industry, including oil and gas extraction, in Wyoming added over 1,000 jobs from mid-2016 to mid-2017, almost all other sectors of the state's economy still saw job losses, led by construction and government.

Wyoming had the largest percentage decline among states, losing almost 5,600 resident or about 1% of the state's population.

A change in population is dependent on two measures, the natural change, or births vs deaths, and migration, or the people moving in vs the people moving out. It's a.72 percent growth nationwide.

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