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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.

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