South is still growing in latest Census release

WASHINGTON D. C. (WDEF) – The West and the South still lead the nation in population growth, while the northeast continues to lose people.

The U. S. Census Bureau has released new estimates on population growth during 2016.

Ben Bolender, Chief of the Population Estimates Branch says “In 2016, 37.9 percent of the nation’s population lived in the South and 23.7 percent lived in the West.”

Utah is the fastest growing state, while Illinois saw the biggest decline by losing more than 37,000 people in 2016.

Georgia continues as the 8th most populated state, followed by North Carolina, but North Carolina is gaining.

Tennessee grew .09 percent, which was above the national average, adding about 56,000 people

Mississippi is the only state in the south that lost population in 2016.

Utah is Nation's Fastest-Growing State[Source: U.S. Census Bureau]

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