IL loses title of 5th largest state to Pennsylvania

IL loses title of 5th largest state to Pennsylvania

IL loses title of 5th largest state to Pennsylvania

Idaho is the fastest growing state in population, according to figures released by the U.S. Census, Dec. 20, 2017.

The bureau added that the 33,700-person drop was a relatively small percentage change compared to Illinois' population of 12.8 million people.

Idaho boasts a strong economy and an unemployment rate of 2.9%. Only West Virginia has seen more consecutive years of population decline, with five. However, net global migration continues to be a significant factor in the population growth of the United States, adding just over 1.1 million people in the a year ago.

MA recorded 71,000 births past year compared to 57,000 deaths, for a net natural change of 14,000.

California, Texas and Florida continue to be the most populous states, according to the estimates. It's the fourth straight year that IL has recorded a population decline, according to the census data.

Arno Rosenfeld covers state politics.

Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Republican, has been feuding with state Democrats and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel over the best way to deal with the state's long-brewing financial crisis.

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Meanwhile, all of Illinois' neighboring states experienced population growth in 2017.

The U.S. territory Puerto Rico lost more than 69,000 residents a year ago and filed for the equivalent of federal bankruptcy protection in May.

Population estimates list Utah with 3,101,833 people.

Rural counties and most downstate metro areas saw the most dramatic declines. That would be Idaho, which is now home to 1.7 million people and grew 2.2 percent during the past year.

The migration figure is based on two factors, domestic and global.

NY state had a slight population increase, adding 13,113 new residents, which is about how many people live in Schodack, to reach 19,849,399, according to U.S. Census Bureau's latest state and national population estimates released Wednesday.

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