New estimates released by the Census Bureau today show that the resident population of Kentucky was 4,454,189 as of July 1, 2017, an increase of 0.4% from past year and an increase of more than 2.6% from the 2010 Decennial Census. The previous year, Idaho grew by 1.4 percent.
Texas tallied the biggest numeric growth with its population increasing by almost 400,000 residents in 2017.
North Carolina's growth puts it on track to pick up at least one more congressional seat after the 2020 census, at the expense of states such as Ohio, Rhode Island and IL, which have grown little or none since 2010. The population exodus is likely much greater as the bureau's estimate doesn't account for the thousands of Puerto Ricans who left the island in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in September.
Texas added almost 400,000 residents to its population during the past year, the most of any state.
Texas is now firmly in second place among the most populous states. The fastest-growing state was Idaho, followed by Nevada, Utah, Washington, Florida and Arizona. Although the new figures were released Wednesday, they reflect population changes from July 1, 2016, to July 1, 2017.
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The state's year-to-year growth rate of less than 0.1 percent lagged the national growth rate of 0.72 percent.
Among the six New England states, Massachusetts, both in terms of percentages and raw numbers, saw larger increases than any one else.
The state's rate of growth a year ago outpaced the nation, which grew.72 percent to 325.7 million.
In terms of actual numbers, MA saw its population increase by around 37,000, which is good for 18 overall.
New York's population count continued to benefit from new immigrants, though the state also continued to lose residents to other states.