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Idaho Fastest-Growing State, According to Census Data

Idaho Fastest-Growing State, According to Census Data
Idaho is the fastest-growing state, according to census data. (Charles Knowles/Dreamstime)

By    |   Wednesday, 20 December 2017 05:35 PM

Idaho is the fastest-growing state by the percentage of population increase, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Wednesday. Idaho gained about 2.2 percent of its population to reach a total of 1.7 million residents.

The state was also in the top 10 in 2016 with 1.2 percent growth, according to the Idaho Statesman. It has increased by a total of about 200,000 new residents since 2010.

Census Bureau Chief of Population Estimates Branch Luke Rogers credited domestic migration for the growth in Idaho and in the second-fastest-growing state, Nevada, the Statesman reported. Third on the fastest-growing state list, Utah, is growing due to fewer deaths and more births. 

Washington, Florida, and Arizona are next on the list of fastest-growing states, CBS News reported.

The U.S. population grew by 2.3 million overall during the time period, which is a .72 percent increase to a total of 325.7 million residents.

The most populous states remain unchanged from earlier rankings, and are California, Texas, Florida, New York, and Pennsylvania. The South and West areas of the country currently have the fastest population growth overall. 

Texas added the most residents by numeric growth — 400,000 moved there in the last year, the Statesman reported. It now has 28.3 million people, but only grew 1.01 percent.  

Idaho officials estimate the state could have 2 million residents by 2025, the Statesman reported. 

Tweets from Idahoans, including the governor, were complimentary toward the state.

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