5 Largest States in Population

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The United States experienced a near 10 percent increase in population over the last decade.
The United States experienced a near 10 percent increase in population over the last decade.

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the country experienced a near 10 percent growth in population over the last decade. Much of that occurred in the South and West regions of the country where there was roughly 14 percent increases. The Northeast and Midwest experienced the smallest amount of growth at around 3 percent.

  1. California

    • "The Golden State" is the largest in the country with more than 37 million residents. California experienced a 10 percent increase in population, adding nearly 4 million residents over the last decade. California was also the largest state in the union in 2000 and 1990, though its rate of growth slowed considerably over the last decade. In 1990 the state experienced a 25 percent increase in growth, which fell to 13 percent in 2000.

    Texas

    • Over the last 70 years Texas has had a steady rate of growth of around 20 percent. "The Lone Star State" increased its population by more than 20 percent in the last decade, pushing its total resident count to over 25 million. In fact, Texas more than doubled its population since 1970. The 2000 decade saw the largest population increase in state history with nearly 5 million residents added. Texas' largest population percentage increase occurred in 1980 when it had a 27 percent increase.

    New York

    • "The Empire State" is the third largest in the country with nearly 20 million residents. New York only experienced a 2 percent increase in population over the last decade and the state has added just over a million people since 1970. Between 1970 and 1980 the state experienced a loss of population of nearly 4 percent, moving Texas into second place. In 1950 New York had the most residents of any state in the union, a distinction they had held the entire century to that point.

    Florida and Illinois

    • Florida is the fourth largest state in the country with more than 18 million residents. "The Sunshine State" has been the fastest growing state in the country since 1910, and experienced a near 18 percent increase in population over the last decade. Illinois is the fifth largest state in the country, barely edging out Pennsylvania and Ohio. Illinois saw a 3.3 percent increase in population in the last decade and now has nearly 13 million residents.

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