Fastest Growing States

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.

State 2019 Growth Growth Since 2010 2019 Pop.
Idaho2.05%13.97%1,790,182
Utah1.91%16.08%3,221,610
Washington1.74%13.70%7,666,343
Nevada1.73%14.23%3,087,025
Florida1.63%14.86%21,646,155
Arizona1.44%13.54%7,275,070
Texas1.34%15.23%29,087,070
Oregon1.32%10.64%4,245,901
Colorado1.32%14.31%5,770,545
District of Columbia1.30%17.60%711,571
South Carolina1.24%11.03%5,147,111
South Dakota1.18%9.37%892,631
Montana1.15%8.46%1,074,532
North Carolina1.10%9.65%10,497,741
Georgia1.03%9.43%10,627,767
Tennessee0.94%7.53%6,833,793
Delaware0.81%8.39%975,033
Minnesota0.80%6.50%5,655,925
Virginia0.64%6.83%8,571,946
Nebraska0.60%6.09%1,940,919
New Hampshire0.55%3.58%1,363,852
Massachusetts0.54%5.68%6,939,373
California0.48%6.50%39,747,267
Arkansas0.42%3.57%3,026,412
Indiana0.40%3.52%6,718,616
Iowa0.38%3.84%3,167,997
Kentucky0.35%3.12%4,484,047
Missouri0.35%2.53%6,147,861
Maryland0.33%4.74%6,062,917
Wisconsin0.33%2.50%5,832,661
Maine0.28%1.09%1,342,097
Ohio0.25%1.55%11,718,568
Michigan0.25%1.45%10,020,472
Alabama0.21%2.36%4,898,246
New Jersey0.16%1.40%8,922,547
Oklahoma0.15%5.04%3,948,950
Vermont0.14%0.21%627,180
North Dakota0.11%12.77%760,900
Pennsylvania0.05%0.81%12,813,969
Mississippi0.05%0.58%2,987,895
New Mexico0.03%1.52%2,096,034
Kansas-0.02%1.84%2,910,931
Rhode Island-0.05%0.27%1,056,738
Connecticut-0.13%-0.31%3,567,871
Louisiana-0.16%2.38%4,652,581
Alaska-0.23%3.06%735,720
New York-0.26%0.47%19,491,339
Hawaii-0.27%3.86%1,416,589
Illinois-0.32%-1.09%12,700,381
West Virginia-0.77%-3.36%1,791,951
Wyoming-0.93%1.40%572,381