Census: Illinois loses title of 5th largest state to Pennsylvania

Census: Illinois loses title of 5th largest state to Pennsylvania

Census: Illinois loses title of 5th largest state to Pennsylvania

However, net worldwide migration continues to be a significant factor in the population growth of the United States, adding just over 1.1 million people in the previous year.

Utah (1.9%) and Washington (1.7%) and western states accounted for seven of the 10 states to see the biggest growth in terms of percentage of population between July 2016 and July 2017, according to the data.

By comparison, Missouri's population stands at 6.1 million, an increase of 124,607 people since 2010.

IL shrank by 33,700 people from July 2016 to July 2017, the worst decline of any state in the U.S.in raw terms. California remains number one followed by Texas.

To put that growth into perspective, that's roughly the equivalent of adding the entire population of Arlington to the state, in just one year.

According to a news release from the Chief Economist Wenlin Liu, Wyoming's population fell by 5,595 from July 2016 to July 2017. That brought the 2017 population estimate for IL to 12,802,023 people.

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He says that's the same for Nevada that had the second fastest percentage increase at 2 percent.

Overall, the USA population grew by 0.7 percent from July 1, 2016, to July 1, 2017 - to 325.7 million people.

Rural counties and most downstate metro areas saw the most dramatic declines.

In a statement, Liz Schuh, principal policy analyst for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for planning, said that while the narrow window of the study can be misleading, "Census data over several years does indicate stagnant or even declining population for our region and state".

The new estimates did not reflect the impact on Gulf state of Hurricane Harvey and Irma, which occurred in August and September, respectively.

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