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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.

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