In a report showing that most of the new growth in the country is taking place in the west, the U.S. Census Bureau has released a list placing both Arizona and Colorado in its top ten for numeric growth.
The survey covers the period from July 2017 to July 2018 and puts Arizona in the number four slot, behind such mega-population states as California, Florida, and Texas, in its number of new residents.
According to the Census, nearly 123,000 people moved into Arizona during the last year.
In sixth place on the list is Colorado, which during the same time period saw nearly 80,000 people move inside its borders.
In terms of percentage growth, Arizona was up by 1.7 percent, while Colorado posted a 1.4 percent gain.
In the larger context of population patterns going back to 2010, both Arizona and Colorado saw their states’ population increase by anywhere from 4.5 percent to 13.4 percent.
The growth rate for New Mexico, during that same period of time, was more modest, showing a 0 to 4.4 percent gain.
Of the top ten growth states in the last year, according to the Census report, seven were in the West: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Texas, and Washington.
The nine states that saw population declines since mid-2018 were mostly centered in the Midwest and South: Arkansas, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
By Garry Boulard
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