RI hangs on to second US House seat in population estimates

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Colorado is a top 10 state for population growth over the past year, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Census Bureau released the latest national and state population estimates.

"While keeping [Rhode Island's] two congressional districts with the 2017 numbers, the new data shows the state is now only 157 people away from dropping to a single district state", Brace, president of the firm Election Data Services, wrote in an analysis. The state's population now stands at almost 28.3 million residents -an increase of more than 3 million residents since 2010.

Idaho came in at No. 1, with a 2.2 percent increase to 1.7 million from July 1, 2016 to July 1, 2017.

IL and West Virginia were the top two states whose population in numbers saw a decline, but Wyoming had the largest dip in population by 1 percent. The population of voting-age residents (adults age 18 and over) grew to 252.1 million (77.4 percent of the 2017 total population), an increase of 0.93 percent from 2016 (249.5 million).

Other states in the West - Nevada, Utah and Washington - saw similar percentage increases in their population.

The top 10, in order, were: Texas, Florida, California, Washington, North Carolina, Georgia, Arizona, Colorado, Tennessee and SC.

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The population of the United States was listed at more than 326.46 million, with a birth every 8 seconds and a death every 11 seconds.

Pennsylvania was the fifth-most populous state in the 1990 census, but was passed by IL in the 2000 census.

States in the west and south saw the greatest population growth.

Idaho had the highest rate of growth, at 2.2 percent.

Meanwhile, in neighboring states such as Idaho, Colorado and Utah, the labor market continued to expand, which drew a number of people away from Wyoming. But the Census Bureau's population estimates did not account for the hurricanes in August and September that hit the Gulf states and Puerto Rico.

Texas tallied the biggest numeric growth with its population increasing by almost 400,000 residents in 2017.

The census said net global migration decreased 1.8 percent between 2016 and 2017, making it the first drop since 2012-2013.