US Census finds nation at lowest growth rate in over 70 years

LatinaLista — It’s only been a year since the 2010 Census showed which states had grown in population and which were losers when it came to adding congressional seats. The ink is hardly dry on some of those states’ redistricting maps and yet, found in the U.S. Census’ latest data, some states are still experiencing population growth.

According to the data, Texas is the preferred destination followed by California, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina.

The 10 States with the Largest Numeric Increase from April 1, 2010, to July 1, 2011

Numeric Change
1. Texas 529,000
2. California 438,000
3. Florida 256,000
4. Georgia 128,000
5. North Carolina 121,000
6. Washington 105,000
7. Virginia 96,000
8. Arizona 90,000
9. Colorado 88,000
10. New York 87,000

Three states did lose even more of their residents: Rhode Island, Maine and Michigan.

And while the population increased by 2.8 million over the 15-month period, to 311.6 million, according to U.S. Census officials it’s the lowest population growth since the mid-1940s.

The nation’s overall growth rate is now at its lowest point since before the baby boom,” said Census Bureau Director Robert Groves

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