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U.S. Residents are Moving West and South




The resident population of the United States increased 9.7% since 2000. The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2010, was 308,745,538. The regions with the most significant growth from 2000 to 2010 were the South and the West.

2010 Census

The South and the West United States had the most significant population increases. The South increased by 14.3%, or 14,318,924 people, and the West increased by 13.8%, or 8,747,621 people. The Northeast also increased, but by only 3.2%, while the Midwest increased by 3.9%.

The top 10 fastest growing states increased by the following:

  1. Nevada, 35.1%
  2. Arizona, 24.6%
  3. Utah, 23.8%
  4. Idaho, 21.1%
  5. Texas, 20.6%
  6. North Carolina, 18.5%
  7. Georgia, 18.3%
  8. Florida, 17.6%
  9. Colorado, 16.9%
  10. South Carolina, 15.3%

The 2000 U.S. resident population was 281,421,906. The U.S. resident population represents the total number of people in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The most populous state in 2010 was California with 37,253,956 residents; the least populous was Wyoming with 563,626 residents. The state that gained the most numerically since the 2000 Census was Texas. “The Lone Star State” was up 4,293,741 to 25,145,561. The state that gained the most as a percentage of its 2000 Census count was Nevada, up 35.1% to 2,700,551.

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