Between July of 2017 and July of 2018, the population of the United States grew by 0.6% overall, bringing the total count to over 327 million people. Some states saw significant increases in population numbers that contributed to this overall growth. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the top fastest-growing states during this period were Nevada and Idaho.
Both Nevada and Idaho saw their populations rise by 2.1% from July 2017 to July 2018. During this period, Nevada’s population rose to 3.03 million, while Idaho now has 1.75 million people living within its borders.
Utah didn’t fall too far behind, posting growth of 1.9%, bringing its population to 3.16 million. The fourth fastest-growing state was reported to be Arizona. This state’s population grew to 7.17 million – an increase of 1.7%.
The top 10 fastest-growing states based on the data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau are:
The U.S. Census Bureau data show that the most significant population growth occurred throughout the South and West regions of the U.S. Each region recorded an increase of 0.9% during the same period. However, not all states in these regions saw growth. Some states – including Hawaii, Louisiana, and Mississippi – saw their numbers decline. In total, nine states saw a loss in population. This is primarily due to fewer births, more deaths, and no growth from domestic or international migration.