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For Release — Thursday, January 23, 2003

NEW YORK'S POPULATION GROWTH STILL LAGS, CENSUS DATA SHOW

ALBANY—New York State's population grew at a faster pace from 2001-2002 than in the previous year, but the state's growth lagged behind 42 other states, new data from the U.S. Census Bureau show.

As of July 2002, New York was home to an estimated 19,157,532 residents. That figure was up 0.4 percent from a year earlier. The U.S. population grew 1.1 percent during the same period, reaching 288.4 million in July 2002. The Empire State retained the third-largest population, behind California and Texas.

During the previous year, New York's population grew by about 0.2 percent. It gained 146,392 residents from international immigration from 2001-02; both that total and the percentage gain from immigration were third-highest among the 50 states. Also adding to the state's population was a net gain of 97,672 more births than deaths.

But the state lost a net 170,828 residents in moves between states, the Census Bureau data show. That put New York last among all states in migration from one state to another, both in raw numbers and as a percentage of population.

New York's population growth was near the middle of larger industrialized states. It exceeded that of Ohio and Pennsylvania; it lagged New Jersey and Connecticut.

Nevada, the fastest-growing state in the nation for the 16th year in a row, led all the states with a population increase of 3.6 percent. North Dakota and the District of Columbia both lost population between 2001 and 2002.

The Census Bureau tables are at eire.census.gov/popest/estimates.php. Here is information on population estimates and increases from 2001 to 2002 for all the states:

State Population Estimates and Population Change to :
July 1, 2001 - July 1, 2002
State
July 1, 2002 Population
July 1, 2001 Population
Percent Population Change
Net
Migration Among
States
Percent Migration Among
States
Net International Immigration
Percent
International
Immigration
Nevada
2,173,491
2,097,722
3.6
43,005
2.1%
16,352
0.8%
Arizona
5,456,453
5,306,966
2.8
66,511
1.3%
39,843
0.8%
Florida
16,713,149
16,373,330
2.1
176,531
1.1%
122,484
0.7%
Texas
21,779,893
21,370,983
1.9
41,174
0.2%
161,325
0.8%
Georgia
8,560,310
8,405,677
1.8
36,023
0.4%
44,606
0.5%
Colorado
4,506,542
4,430,989
1.7
11,608
0.3%
26,118
0.6%
Utah
2,316,256
2,278,712
1.6
-8,377
-0.4%
11,689
0.5%
Idaho
1,341,131
1,320,585
1.6
6,640
0.5%
3,462
0.3%
Alaska
643,786
633,630
1.6
1,300
0.2%
1,514
0.2%
California
35,116,033
34,600,463
1.5
-108,595
-0.3%
326,917
0.9%
Hawaii
1,244,898
1,227,024
1.5
317
0.0%
6,513
0.5%
Oregon
3,521,515
3,473,441
1.4
17,704
0.5%
16,449
0.5%
North Carolina
8,320,146
8,206,105
1.4
28,098
0.3%
37,524
0.5%
Delaware
807,385
796,599
1.4
4,660
0.6%
2,565
0.3%
Washington
6,068,996
5,993,390
1.3
11,714
0.2%
30,173
0.5%
Maryland
5,458,137
5,386,079
1.3
16,263
0.3%
24,621
0.5%
Virginia
7,293,542
7,196,750
1.3
18,581
0.3%
32,551
0.5%
New Mexico
1,855,059
1,830,935
1.3
4,877
0.3%
6,516
0.4%
New Hampshire
1,275,056
1,259,359
1.2
9,170
0.7%
2,298
0.2%
South Carolina
4,107,183
4,062,125
1.1
16,683
0.4%
8,231
0.2%
Wyoming
498,703
493,754
1.0
2,559
0.5%
520
0.1%
New Jersey
8,590,300
8,511,116
0.9
-23,759
-0.3%
62,813
0.7%
Rhode Island
1,069,725
1,059,659
0.9
4,030
0.4%
3,935
0.4%
Connecticut
3,460,503
3,434,602
0.8
-1,409
0.0%
16,074
0.5%
Tennessee
5,797,289
5,749,398
0.8
14,579
0.3%
11,643
0.2%
Maine
1,294,464
1,284,470
0.8
8,429
0.7%
1,001
0.1%
Minnesota
5,019,720
4,984,535
0.7
-6,348
-0.1%
16,270
0.3%
Oklahoma
3,493,714
3,469,577
0.7
664
0.0%
8,835
0.3%
Wisconsin
5,441,196
5,405,947
0.7
4,358
0.1%
10,592
0.2%
Illinois
12,600,620
12,520,227
0.6
-73,821
-0.6%
74,769
0.6%
Arkansas
2,710,079
2,694,698
0.6
824
0.0%
5,339
0.2%
Missouri
5,672,579
5,637,309
0.6
5,246
0.1%
10,413
0.2%
Kentucky
4,092,891
4,068,816
0.6
4,237
0.1%
6,434
0.2%
Vermont
616,592
612,978
0.6
1,861
0.3%
962
0.2%
Kansas
2,715,884
2,702,125
0.5
-8,656
-0.3%
9,200
0.3%
Nebraska
1,729,180
1,720,039
0.5
-5,287
-0.3%
5,483
0.3%
Indiana
6,159,068
6,126,743
0.5
-8,672
-0.1%
12,520
0.2%
New York
19,157,532
19,084,350
0.4
-170,828
-0.9%
146,392
0.8%
Massachusetts
6,427,801
6,401,164
0.4
-28,074
-0.4%
32,244
0.5%
Michigan
10,050,446
10,006,266
0.4
-26,728
-0.3%
25,678
0.3%
Alabama
4,486,508
4,468,912
0.4
-4,342
-0.1%
5,849
0.1%
South Dakota
761,063
758,324
0.4
-1,594
-0.2%
928
0.1%
Mississippi
2,871,782
2,859,733
0.4
-6,648
-0.2%
2,576
0.1%
Montana
909,453
905,382
0.4
1,220
0.1%
448
0.0%
Pennsylvania
12,335,091
12,303,104
0.3
-3,223
0.0%
22,501
0.2%
Ohio
11,421,267
11,389,785
0.3
-31,303
-0.3%
16,358
0.1%
Louisiana
4,482,646
4,470,368
0.3
-18,004
-0.4%
4,665
0.1%
Iowa
2,936,760
2,931,967
0.2
-10,431
-0.4%
7,085
0.2%
West Virginia
1,801,873
1,800,975
0.0
2,082
0.1%
718
0.0%
North Dakota
634,110
636,550
-0.4
-4,790
-0.8%
821
0.1%
U.S. Census Bureau data; calculations by The Public Policy Institute