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Fastest Growing States and Regions in the US

Fastest Growing US States 2000-2010We all remember the big buzz about the 2010 Census, most of us probably just filled out our information and sent it back in. But behind the scenes there were some very smart people working on compiling all of that data into economic, population and demographic trends and charts. While there are probably thousands of different reports, the most interesting to us was the population migration data. This 12 page report outlines what states the population moved to/from between 2000-2010; some of the data may surprise you.

You can view the complete report from the US Census Bureau.

Quick Facts

  • The South and West accounted for 84.4% of the population increase from 2000-2010.
  • Texas experienced the highest numeric increase, up by 4.3 million.
  • New York replaced Florida as the third most populous state.
  • 26.5% of the US population lives in one of the three largest states: New York, California and Texas.
  • Houston, Atlanta and Dallas-Fort Worth are the most populous metro areas.
  • The Atlanta metro area accounted for 54.4% of Georgia's population growth during this period.

2000-2010 Top 5 Fastest Growing States

  1. Nevada
  2. Arizona
  3. Utah
  4. Idaho
  5. Texas

2000-2010 Top 5 Slowest Growing States

  1. Michigan (The only state with a negative population growth)
  2. Rhode Island
  3. Louisiana
  4. Ohio
  5. West Virginia

2000-2010 Fastest Growing Metropolitan-Statistical Areas

  1. Palm Coast, Florida (NE Florida, South of Jacksonville)
  2. Saint George, Utah (NW Utah, 110 miles from Las Vegas)
  3. Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada
  4. Raleigh-Cary, North Carolina (Also called the Research Triangle. Durham and Chapel Hill are here as well)
  5. Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida (SW Florida, 30 miles North of Naples)
  6. Provo-Orem, Utah (Suburban Salt Lake City)
  7. Greeley, Colorado (North of Denver)
  8. Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, Texas (Central Texas)
  9. Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway, South Carolina (NE South Carolina, South of Wilmington, NC)
  10. Bend, Oregon (Central Oregon, 130 Miles to Eugene, 165 Miles to Portland)

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