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7 of 10 Fastest-Growing States Are in the West

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Seven of the 10 fastest-growing states between 2016 and 2017 were in the West, according to the Census Bureau's population estimates. Those seven are Idaho (up 2.2%), Nevada (2.0%), Utah (1.9%), Washington (1.7%), Arizona (1.6%), Colorado (1.4%), and Oregon (1.4%).

Outside the West, Florida (1.6%), Texas (1.4%), and the District of Columbia (1.4%) also made the top-10 list.

Looking at the bigger picture, these are the fastest-growing states since 2010...

Fastest-growing states, 2010 to 2017

  1. District of Columbia: 14.7%
  2. Texas: 12.1%
  3. North Dakota: 12.0%
  4. Utah: 11.8%
  5. Florida: 11.3%
  6. Colorado: 11.1%
  7. Nevada: 10.9%
  8. Washington: 9.9%
  9. Arizona: 9.5%
  10. Idaho: 9.3%

Nine of the 10 fastest-growing states between 2010 and 2017 are also on the 2016-17 list. North Dakota is the only state that dropped off the list. North Dakota ranked third in growth between 2010 and 2017, but between 2016 and 2017 it was one of eight states that lost population. The other losing states were Louisiana, Mississippi, Hawaii, Alaska, Illinois, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

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