US States - Ranked by Population 2019

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California is the most populous state in the US by several percentage points, representing 12% of the total population. Texas, while larger geographically, comes in second with around 23 million residents, making up 8.69% of the population. However, in 2017, population growth in Texas was at 1.43%, while in California it was just 0.61%.

The smallest state, Rhode Island, is more populous than many much larger states, including Montana, Alaska, and Wyoming. Wyoming has the smallest population in the US, with just over half a million residents. Montana, with its famous Big Sky, has almost ten thousand fewer residents than comparatively tiny Rhode Island.

Interestingly, a number of the larger states showed negative population growth in 2017, and Wyoming had the highest negative growth of all at almost 1%. Other states with negative population growth in 2017 included Louisiana, Mississippi, and Hawaii. Perhaps surprisingly, despite Chicago being one of the largest cities in the US, the population of Illinois dropped by 0.26% in 2017.

There were also a few states with significant population growth. Nevada's population increased by 2%, while Idaho's was up by 2.20%. States typically popular with young people, such as Washington and Oregon - home to Seattle and Portland, respectively - continued to attract growth, with Washington's population increasing by 1.71%, and Oregon's by 1.39%.

Rank State 2019 Pop. 2019 Growth 2018 Pop. 2010 Census Growth Since 2010 % of US Density (p/mi²)
1California40,017,0070.60%39,776,83037,327,6907.20%12.11%257
2Texas29,104,0641.39%28,704,33025,241,64815.30%8.81%111
3Florida21,640,0221.54%21,312,21118,846,46114.82%6.55%404
4New York19,875,6250.07%19,862,51219,405,1852.42%6.02%422
5Pennsylvania12,842,4410.14%12,823,98912,711,0631.03%3.89%287
6Illinois12,734,617-0.26%12,768,32012,841,196-0.83%3.85%229
7Ohio11,730,7190.31%11,694,66411,539,2821.66%3.55%287
8Georgia10,660,8971.10%10,545,1389,712,6969.76%3.23%185
9North Carolina10,506,8791.12%10,390,1499,574,2479.74%3.18%216
10Michigan10,020,0430.29%9,991,1779,876,7311.45%3.03%177
11New Jersey9,060,1000.30%9,032,8728,803,7082.91%2.74%1,232
12Virginia8,581,3000.65%8,525,6608,025,2066.93%2.60%217
13Washington7,655,3611.66%7,530,5526,741,38613.56%2.32%115
14Arizona7,231,5261.51%7,123,8986,407,00212.87%2.19%64
15Massachusetts6,932,0150.52%6,895,9176,564,9435.59%2.10%889
16Tennessee6,849,1440.98%6,782,5646,355,8827.76%2.07%166
17Indiana6,732,4400.49%6,699,6296,490,0293.74%2.04%188
18Missouri6,158,2440.36%6,135,8885,995,6812.71%1.86%90
19Maryland6,107,0270.45%6,079,6025,788,0995.51%1.85%629
20Wisconsin5,840,6150.39%5,818,0495,690,4032.64%1.77%108
21Colorado5,761,2521.36%5,684,2035,048,02914.13%1.74%56
22Minnesota5,679,7180.92%5,628,1625,310,7116.95%1.72%71
23South Carolina5,153,4631.27%5,088,9164,635,83411.17%1.56%171
24Alabama4,903,1510.29%4,888,9494,785,5792.46%1.48%97
25Louisiana4,680,685-0.04%4,682,5094,544,8712.99%1.42%108
26Kentucky4,490,3410.40%4,472,2654,347,9483.27%1.36%114
27Oregon4,256,3501.35%4,199,5633,837,07310.93%1.29%44
28Oklahoma3,950,1780.25%3,940,5213,759,5295.07%1.20%58
29Connecticut3,589,1820.01%3,588,6833,580,1710.25%1.09%741
30Utah3,216,8571.82%3,159,3452,775,26015.91%0.97%39
31Iowa3,175,3950.47%3,160,5533,050,2234.10%0.96%57
32Nevada3,115,6091.92%3,056,8242,702,79715.27%0.94%28
33Arkansas3,036,3750.53%3,020,3272,921,7373.92%0.92%58
34Mississippi2,981,470-0.04%2,982,7852,970,4370.37%0.90%64
35Kansas2,923,9070.18%2,918,5152,858,4032.29%0.89%36
36New Mexico2,093,3460.13%2,090,7082,064,6071.39%0.63%17
37Nebraska1,945,0220.65%1,932,5491,829,9566.29%0.59%25
38Idaho1,790,7772.10%1,753,8601,570,91214.00%0.54%22
39West Virginia1,790,297-0.71%1,803,0771,854,315-3.45%0.54%74
40Hawaii1,425,248-0.08%1,426,3931,363,8174.50%0.43%222
41New Hampshire1,358,3550.58%1,350,5751,316,7003.16%0.41%152
42Maine1,347,2570.42%1,341,5821,327,5681.48%0.41%44
43Montana1,074,1671.11%1,062,330990,5078.45%0.33%7
44Rhode Island1,063,7850.20%1,061,7121,053,1691.01%0.32%1,029
45Delaware980,4210.95%971,180899,7128.97%0.30%503
46South Dakota885,9140.93%877,790816,2278.54%0.27%12
47North Dakota755,083-0.02%755,238674,51811.94%0.23%11
48Alaska736,341-0.23%738,068714,0153.13%0.22%1
49District of Columbia713,2441.37%703,608605,04017.88%0.22%11,693
50Vermont624,2630.05%623,960625,842-0.25%0.19%68
51Wyoming568,125-0.98%573,720564,3760.66%0.17%6

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