N.C. ranked among top 10 fastest growing states

North Carolina was the sixth fastest-growing state in the U.S. in terms of numeric growth from 2015 to 2016, the U.S. Census Bureau reported recently.

The Tar Heel State added 111,602 people over the year, giving the state a total population of more than 10.1 million.

Utah’s population crossed the 3 million mark as it became the nation’s fastest-growing state over the last year in terms of percent change. Its population increased 2 percent to 3.1 million from July 1, 2015, to July 1, 2016, according to U.S. Census Bureau national and state population estimates released Dec. 20.

“States in the South and West continued to lead in population growth,” said Ben Bolender, chief of the Population Estimates Branch. “In 2016, 37.9 percent of the nation’s population lived in the South and 23.7 percent lived in the West.”

Following Utah, Nevada (2 percent), Idaho (1.8 percent), Florida (1.8 percent) and Washington (1.8 percent) saw the largest percentage increases in population.

North Dakota, which had been the fastest-growing state for the previous four years, mostly from people moving into the state, fell out of the top 10 in growth due to a net outflow of migrants to other parts of the country, the Census Bureau said.

Eight states lost population between July 1, 2015, and July 1, 2016, including Pennsylvania, New York and Wyoming, all three of which had grown the previous year. Illinois lost more people than any other state (-37,508), the Census Bureau said.

Nationally, the U.S. population grew by 0.7 percent to 323.1 million.

By: Atlanta Business Chronicle

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