Everyone thinks that they want to live in California. What with the beautiful beaches, weather, and people.
BUT, and there’s always a but, no one thinks of all the negatives when they dream of California. There are too many people already there, it’s insanely expensive, and the weather doesn’t actually impact your happiness all that much.
The result is that California places as the 17th fastest growing state in the country from 2010-2016, the most recent year for which data is available. Here’s a look at the actual 10 fastest growing states in the Union:
- North Dakota
- South Carolina
For a full chart of every state, hop to the bottom.
Ahh, glorious North Dakota. Home to the most recent explosion of black gold since Texas (For the uninitiated, that’s a reference to the oil and natural gas found in North Dakota over the past several years with the advent of fracking). It has grown over 12% since 2010 to beat out Texas for the top spot.
But let’s say you’re not into long-term growth, instead, you want instant gratification. Who tops the chart then? Why that would be Utah, with a growth rate of over 2% in the most recent year — the only state to break that threshold.
How did we determined the fastest growing states of 2017?
The answer, quite simply, is math.
More specifically, we looked at the estimated population of each state from the 2010 Census and compared that against data from the most recent data estimates, 2016.
We then did a little ((B-A) / A) * 100 (The percent change) for each of the states. Finally, we ranked them all from highest percent change to the lowest percent change for that 6 year time period.
We will be sure to update this article as the data becomes available.
Oh, and who’s bringing up the rear of the rankings? That would be West Virginia — where over 1% of the population has left this decade. That’s nearly 4x as many people as the next closest state — Illinois.
1. North Dakota
2016 Population: 757,9521 Year Change: 0.15%
6 Year Change: 12.37%
2016 Population: 27,862,5961 Year Change: 1.58%
6 Year Change: 10.37%
2016 Population: 3,051,2171 Year Change: 2.03%
6 Year Change: 9.94%
2016 Population: 5,540,5451 Year Change: 1.68%
6 Year Change: 9.74%
2016 Population: 20,612,4391 Year Change: 1.82%
6 Year Change: 9.36%
2016 Population: 2,940,0581 Year Change: 1.95%
6 Year Change: 8.76%
2016 Population: 6,931,0711 Year Change: 1.66%
6 Year Change: 8.16%
2016 Population: 7,288,0001 Year Change: 1.78%
6 Year Change: 8.08%
2016 Population: 1,683,1401 Year Change: 1.83%
6 Year Change: 7.14%
10. South Carolina
2016 Population: 4,961,1191 Year Change: 1.35%
6 Year Change: 7.01%
Detailed List Of The Fastest Growing States In America