February 1, 2021: Sixteen (16) states saw their population decline in 2020, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates.
The list included four of the six New England states: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Three other major northeastern states also saw population declines —New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
The other nine states losing population were California, Michigan, Ohio, Alaska, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, and West Virginia.
In raw numbers, the biggest population gains were found in Texas and Florida. On a percentage basis, the biggest increases were found in Idaho, Arizona, Nevada, and Utah.
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- Pew, "Census Estimates Show Population Decline in 16 States," January 21, 2021
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