These Are The 10 Fastest Growing States For 2017


We looked at changes in population since 2010 to determine which states everyone wants to live in.

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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:

  1. North Dakota
  2. Texas
  3. Utah
  4. Colorado
  5. Florida
  6. Nevada
  7. Arizona
  8. Washington
  9. Idaho
  10. 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.

Continue on to learn more about the fastest growings states or feel free to take a detour to the safest or best states in the country.

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How did we determined the fastest growing states of 2017?

The answer, quite simply, is math.

Magic right?

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.

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1. North Dakota

North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

2016 Population: 757,952
1 Year Change: 0.15%
6 Year Change: 12.37%

2. Texas

Texas

Source: Wikipedia

2016 Population: 27,862,596
1 Year Change: 1.58%
6 Year Change: 10.37%

3. Utah

Utah

Source: Wikipedia

2016 Population: 3,051,217
1 Year Change: 2.03%
6 Year Change: 9.94%

4. Colorado

Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

2016 Population: 5,540,545
1 Year Change: 1.68%
6 Year Change: 9.74%

5. Florida

Florida

Source: Wikipedia

2016 Population: 20,612,439
1 Year Change: 1.82%
6 Year Change: 9.36%

6. Nevada

Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

2016 Population: 2,940,058
1 Year Change: 1.95%
6 Year Change: 8.76%

7. Arizona

Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

2016 Population: 6,931,071
1 Year Change: 1.66%
6 Year Change: 8.16%

8. Washington

Washington

Source: Wikipedia

2016 Population: 7,288,000
1 Year Change: 1.78%
6 Year Change: 8.08%

9. Idaho

Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

2016 Population: 1,683,140
1 Year Change: 1.83%
6 Year Change: 7.14%

10. South Carolina

South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

2016 Population: 4,961,119
1 Year Change: 1.35%
6 Year Change: 7.01%

Detailed List Of The Fastest Growing States In America

Rank State Population 1yr Change 6yr Change
1 North Dakota 757,952 0.15% 12.37%
2 Texas 27,862,596 1.58% 10.37%
3 Utah 3,051,217 2.03% 9.94%
4 Colorado 5,540,545 1.68% 9.74%
5 Florida 20,612,439 1.82% 9.36%
6 Nevada 2,940,058 1.95% 8.76%
7 Arizona 6,931,071 1.66% 8.16%
8 Washington 7,288,000 1.78% 8.08%
9 Idaho 1,683,140 1.83% 7.14%
10 South Carolina 4,961,119 1.35% 7.01%
11 Oregon 4,093,465 1.71% 6.65%
12 North Carolina 10,146,788 1.11% 6.15%
13 Georgia 10,310,371 1.09% 6.14%
14 South Dakota 865,454 0.88% 6.02%
15 Delaware 952,065 0.85% 5.81%
16 Montana 1,042,520 1.01% 5.24%
17 California 39,250,017 0.66% 5.14%
18 Virginia 8,411,808 0.53% 4.81%
19 Hawaii 1,428,557 0.24% 4.74%
20 Tennessee 6,651,194 0.85% 4.63%
21 Oklahoma 3,923,561 0.41% 4.36%
22 Nebraska 1,907,116 0.7% 4.21%
23 Maryland 6,016,447 0.36% 3.94%
24 Minnesota 5,519,952 0.68% 3.93%
25 Alaska 741,894 0.57% 3.9%
26 Massachusetts 6,811,779 0.41% 3.75%
27 Wyoming 585,501 -0.18% 3.72%
28 Louisiana 4,681,666 0.27% 3.01%
29 Iowa 3,134,693 0.41% 2.75%
30 Arkansas 2,988,248 0.35% 2.27%
31 Indiana 6,633,053 0.31% 2.2%
32 Kentucky 4,436,974 0.28% 2.03%
33 New York 19,745,289 -0.01% 1.77%
34 Kansas 2,907,289 0.02% 1.69%
35 Alabama 4,863,300 0.19% 1.63%
36 Missouri 6,093,000 0.28% 1.62%
37 New Jersey 8,944,469 0.1% 1.6%
38 Wisconsin 5,778,708 0.19% 1.55%
39 New Hampshire 1,334,795 0.35% 1.36%
40 New Mexico 2,081,015 0.03% 0.79%
41 Ohio 11,614,373 0.08% 0.64%
42 Mississippi 2,988,726 -0.02% 0.62%
43 Pennsylvania 12,784,227 -0.06% 0.57%
44 Michigan 9,928,300 0.11% 0.51%
45 Rhode Island 1,056,426 0.08% 0.29%
46 Maine 1,331,479 0.15% 0.28%
47 Connecticut 3,576,452 -0.23% -0.1%
48 Vermont 624,594 -0.24% -0.22%
49 Illinois 12,801,539 -0.29% -0.31%
50 West Virginia 1,831,102 -0.54% -1.25%

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