Published: Thu, December 21, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Pa. moves past Illinois to No. 5 in population

Pa. moves past Illinois to No. 5 in population

Following Idaho for the largest percentage increases in population were: Nevada (2.0 percent), Utah (1.9 percent), Washington (1.7 percent), and Florida along with Arizona (1.6 percent).

The bureau added that the 33,700-person drop was a relatively small percentage change compared to Illinois' population of 12.8 million people.

Overall, the United States now has 325.7 million inhabitants, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, which updates its population figures annually.

Even so, California is the most populous state in the country, with 39.5 million people.

Behind Wyoming's decline rate, which was the largest in the nation, were West Virginia, Illinois, Alaska and Hawaii.

Population estimates list Utah with 3,101,833 people.

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As of July 1, an estimated 10,273,419 people lived in North Carolina, almost 117,000 more than the previous year. That brought the 2017 population estimate for IL to 12,802,023 people.

Idaho was the nation's fastest-growing state over the a year ago.

Pennsylvania, which saw a modest bounce it in its population over the a year ago, is now the fifth biggest state with a population of 12,805,537.

These most recent population estimates are available only for individual states and the U.S.as a whole. The state's Department of Labor earlier this year published a forecast predicting population would grow by about 1.4% annually through 2025, pushing Idaho's population to about 1.9 million residents.

The Census data reveal the cause of Illinois' shrinking population: heavy losses of Illinoisans to other states. That and a net gain of 6,836 worldwide migrants made up for a net loss of 2,724 people moving to other states, according to the estimates. Texas follows in second with 28.3 million people.

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