Which State Has Grown the Most in the Past 10 Years?
From the years 2010-2020, the United States population grew at the second-slowest rate since the U.S. Census Bureau started keeping track in 1790. The national population grew by 7.4%, a figure that is only slightly more than the 7.3% population increase from 1930 to 1940. Experts attribute the current slackening to an immigration slowdown and falling birth rates. Three states lost residents since 2010, while other areas of the country — the South and West — continue to see increasing population numbers.
What does any of this mean? The census count is used to reallocate the number of congressional seats and Electoral College votes each state gets, and it helps decide where billions of dollars in federal funding are directed for programs focusing on education, housing, health care, and more. Use the tab on the interactive graphic above — provided by data visualization service HiGeorge — to find your state and see how much it grew since 2010, as well as more historical data from each state since the 1970 census count.