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WASHINGTON – December 20, 2018 – The U.S. population grew by 0.6 percent over the past year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Larger states such as Florida aren't usually in the running for "highest percentage growth" since their base populations are so large going in, however, and the Census Bureau reports that Nevada and Idaho were the nation's fastest-growing between July 1, 2017, and July 1, 2018. Both states' populations increased by about 2.1 percent in the last year.
Florida still made the top 5 list for percentage growth, however: Following Nevada and Idaho for the largest percentage increases in population were Utah (1.9 percent), Arizona (1.7 percent), and Florida and Washington (1.5 percent each).
States that lost population
Population declines were also common over the year, with a population decrease in nine states and Puerto Rico. The states that lost population last year were:
"Many states have seen fewer births and more deaths in recent years," says Sandra Johnson, a demographer/statistician in the Population Division of the Census Bureau. "If those states are not gaining from either domestic or international migration, they will experience either low population growth or outright decline."
Nationally, natural increase (the excess of births over deaths) was 1.04 million last year, reflecting 3,855,500 births and 2,814,013 deaths. With fewer births in recent years and the number of deaths increasing, natural increase has declined steadily over the past decade. In 2008, natural increase was nearly 1.8 million.
New estimates show that Puerto Rico's population continued to decline, with an estimated loss of 129,848 people (3.9 percent) between July 1, 2017, and July 1, 2018.
"Puerto Rico has seen a steady decline in population over the last decade," says Johnson. "Hurricane Maria in September of 2017 further impacted that loss, both before and during the recovery period."
Puerto Rico had a total population of 3,195,153 in 2018, a decrease from 3,726,157 in 2010. The decrease in Puerto Rico's population is primarily due to higher rates of out-migration over in-migration and natural increase.
July 1, 2017 to July 1, 2018 Census Bureau study highlights
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