The U.S. Census Bureau released new data Wednesday that showed the Palmetto State is now home to 5,024,369 people - a growth of more than 64,000 from July 1, 2016 to July 1, 2017. In terms of percentage change, that puts the state in the middle of the pack, or 23 overall. Idaho's growth rate of 2.2 percent led the nation, followed by Nevada, Utah and Washington State.
Since 2010, the Census Bureau estimates that the state's population has grown by almost 738,000, or 7.7 percent, the equivalent of adding the cities of Durham and Raleigh in seven years. Number one was Texas with an increase of just under 400,000 residents. The state has 13 seats in the U.S. House and just missed being apportioned a 14th after the 2010 census.
Maine's population increased by around 5,600, and Rhode Island by around 2,000. Vermont, ranked 44 had an increase of about 300 people. Wyoming's decline rate of one percent was the steepest in the nation during the 12-month period, putting Wyoming among eight states that saw a population decrease.
Wyoming, one of the least populated states, saw its population decline by almost 5,600 to 579,315, or one percent.
The population of IL is shrinking.
The agency says that's about 37,000 more people living in the state. West Virginia was second with a lost of 12,700.
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The Census data reveal the cause of Illinois' shrinking population: heavy losses of Illinoisans to other states.
Texas tallied the biggest numeric growth with its population increasing by almost 400,000 residents in 2017.
MA recorded 71,000 births a year ago compared to 57,000 deaths, for a net natural change of 14,000.
That's roughly double the net migration figure from the previous year, which was -4,000. Much of that was due to people moving there from other states.
Since 2010, IL has lost almost 643,000 people on net to other states.