NC is the 12th fastest-growing state. Here's why our size matters

Utah’s population is growing faster than every state except for Idaho and Nevada say new Census estimates

As of July 1, an estimated 10,273,419 people lived in North Carolina, almost 117,000 more than the previous year.

ME grew 4 percent, Rhode Island by 2 percent, and CT and Vermont basically broke even.

As for why the decline is happening, Harger said it could be linked to a declining birth rate for the state, a drop in domestic migration - meaning people coming to IL from other states - and a "leveling off" of foreign migration.

California grew to more than 39.5 million people.

Still, residents moving to the US from other countries continue to be a significant factor in USA population growth as 1.1 million people moved to the USA over the previous year, according to the census bureau.

The Cowboy State lost 5,595 residents between July 2016 and July 2017, a 1 percent drop.

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).

Pennsylvania has seen a population growth of 18,400 people over the past few years. That brought the 2017 population estimate for IL to 12,802,023 people.

Wyoming had the largest percentage decline among states, losing almost 5,600 resident or about 1% of the state's population.

The distribution of seats in the House is based on the census taken every 10 years, with the next one scheduled for 2020. In 2017, 38.0 percent of the nation's population lived in the South and 23.8 percent lived in the West.

A change in population is dependent on two measures, the natural change, or births vs deaths, and migration, or the people moving in vs the people moving out.

The estimates for Puerto Rico are as of July 1, 2017, and therefore do not reflect the effects of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017.

Between July 2016 and July 2017, 399,734 new Texans were welcomed.

In addition to total population, the newest Census Bureau figures also include estimates of the components of population change within the state.

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