US States - Ranked by Population 2019
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%.