Coldwell Banker Commercial - Lubbock ,Texas
Dec 20, 2016

Texas again leads nation in population growth, says U.S. Census Bureau

Texas again had the largest annual population increase in the country, adding 432,957 new residents between 2015 and 2016, according to just-released figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.


Today the Census Bureau issued a press release recognizing the fastest-growing states in the country. Percentage wise, states in the Mountain West led the way, with Utah, Nevada, and Idaho experiencing the most rapid population growth between 2015 and 2016.

However, in terms of numeric growth, Texas dominated the competition. The Lone Star States added 432,957 new residents over the past year, which is significantly more than any other state. During that same time period, Florida’s population grew by 367,525 and California’s by 256,077.

“States in the South and West continued to lead in population growth,” said Ben Bolender, Chief of the Census Bureau’s Population Estimates Branch, in the release. “In 2016, 37.9 percent of the nation’s population lived in the South and 23.7 percent lived in the West.”

Texas has consistently led the nation in population growth, adding around half a million people to its population with each passing year. Although California is still the most populous state in the country, Texas’ population will eventually surpass California’s if current trends continue.

Eight states, including New York, Pennsylvania, and Wyoming lost population between 2015 and 2016. But Texas’ nation-leading population growth is a sign of the state’s healthy and vibrant economy. As we wrote in September, Texas has clearly outpaced other states in population growth over the past several decades.

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau