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December 27, 2007

New York's population growth continues to lag nation, new data show

New York's population grew more slowly than 45 other states between 2006 and 2007, new population numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau show.

The numbers, released on December 27 by the Census Bureau, show that New York's population grew by only 0.08 percent between July 2006 and July 2007—ahead of only four other states and far below the national average growth rate of 0.96 percent.

New York retained its standing as the third most populous state in the nation behind California and Texas. Florida is quickly gaining ground on New York, however. The Sunshine State experienced above-average population growth over the past year, putting its population at more than 18.2 million—about one million less than New York.

The Empire State continued to be a top destination for immigrants to the United States. The state became home to 111,607 international immigrants between July 2006 and July 2007—nearly 11 percent of the total number of immigrants to the U.S. in that time period and second only to California.

But the state continued to lose population through internal migration. Nearly 200,000 New Yorkers moved to other states between 2006 and 2007—only California lost more of its residents.

Nevada led the nation in population growth, showing a population increase of 2.93 percent between 2006 and 2007. Michigan and Rhode Island were the only two states to experience net population decreases during the same time period.

The Census Bureau population numbers are available at www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/011109.html.

Rank, percent change 2006-2007
State
Percent Change, 2006 to 2007
Rank, International Migration
Rank,
Internal Migration
Total Change, 2006-2007
July 2007
Population
1
Nevada
2.93%
21
7
72,955
2,565,382
2
Arizona
2.81%
8
4
173,066
6,338,755
3
Utah
2.55%
23
13
65,795
2,645,330
4
Idaho
2.43%
39
14
35,524
1,499,402
5
Georgia
2.17%
7
3
202,670
9,544,750
6
North Carolina
2.16%
10
2
191,590
9,061,032
7
Texas
2.12%
3
1
496,751
23,904,380
8
Colorado
2.00%
14
9
95,267
4,861,515
9
Wyoming
1.96%
50
20
10,073
522,830
10
South Carolina
1.79%
29
5
77,601
4,407,709
11
Oregon
1.53%
19
12
56,371
3,747,455
12
Washington
1.47%
12
10
93,514
6,468,424
13
New Mexico
1.42%
31
18
27,613
1,969,915
14
Delaware
1.41%
40
23
12,017
864,764
15
Tennessee
1.35%
24
6
81,806
6,156,719
16
Louisiana
1.18%
38
11
49,916
4,293,204
17
Montana
1.17%
49
21
11,066
957,861
18
Oklahoma
1.11%
28
17
39,780
3,617,316
19
Florida
1.07%
4
8
193,735
18,251,243
20
South Dakota
0.98%
46
27
7,747
796,214
21
Virginia
0.94%
11
24
71,842
7,712,091
22
Arkansas
0.91%
36
19
25,686
2,834,797
23
Alaska
0.89%
45
34
6,028
683,478
24
Kentucky
0.88%
34
16
37,030
4,241,474
25
California
0.84%
1
50
303,343
36,553,215
26
Minnesota
0.83%
20
37
43,035
5,197,621
27
Alabama
0.82%
33
15
37,611
4,627,851
28
Kansas
0.73%
27
33
20,180
2,775,997
29
Missouri
0.70%
26
22
40,776
5,878,415
30
Mississippi
0.68%
42
26
19,673
2,918,785
31
Indiana
0.68%
22
28
42,643
6,345,289
32
Nebraska
0.61%
35
36
10,806
1,774,571
33
Illinois
0.59%
5
46
75,506
12,852,548
34
Iowa
0.52%
30
35
15,480
2,988,046
35
Wisconsin
0.52%
25
38
28,980
5,601,640
36
Hawaii
0.37%
32
40
4,753
1,283,388
37
North Dakota
0.35%
48
30
2,255
639,715
38
New Hampshire
0.31%
41
32
4,007
1,315,828
39
Maryland
0.29%
15
44
16,327
5,618,344
40
Pennsylvania
0.24%
16
39
29,975
12,432,792
41
Massachusetts
0.24%
9
43
15,366
6,449,755
42
New Jersey
0.23%
6
47
19,845
8,685,920
43
Connecticut
0.19%
17
42
6,556
3,502,309
44
West Virginia
0.18%
47
25
3,336
1,812,035
45
Maine
0.17%
43
29
2,297
1,317,207
46
NEW YORK
0.08%
2
49
15,741
19,297,729
47
Vermont
0.08%
44
31
476
621,254
48
Ohio
0.03%
18
45
3,404
11,466,917
49
Michigan
-0.30%
13
48
-30,500
10,071,822
50
Rhode Island
-0.36%
37
41
-3,809
1,057,832
United States
0.96%
2,866,338
301,621,157