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US Census Bureau: Idaho population booms; IL drops to sixth-biggest state

US Census Bureau: Idaho population booms; IL drops to sixth-biggest state

Idaho's population increased enough in the past year to earn us the title of nation's fastest-growing state, according to data released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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.

Eight states lost population with IL seeing the largest number with a decline of 33,703. That brought the 2017 population estimate for IL to 12,802,023 people.

Illinois' population loss was the worst in the country on a numerical basis, and on a percentage basis it was second from the bottom, with only West Virginia faring worse. Idaho was the fastest growing state during the year, at 2.2 percent, followed by Nevada, Utah, Washington and Florida.

Wyoming saw the largest percentage decline.

ME grew 4 percent, Rhode Island by 2 percent, and CT and Vermont basically broke even.

These most recent population estimates are available only for individual states and the U.S.as a whole.

A change in population is dependent on two measures, the natural change, or births vs deaths, and migration, or the people moving in vs the people moving out.

Pennsylvania, which saw a modest bounce it in its population over the previous year, is now the fifth biggest state with a population of 12,805,537.

Migration from other states and countries accounts for the majority of the population increase, according to the data. For domestic numbers, MA saw a loss of 23,000 residents moving to other states. Wyoming has roughly 579,000 people, while the "land of Lincoln" has over 6.6 million.