Trailing Idaho in percentage population growth were Nevada (2 percent growth); Utah (1.9 percent); Washington (1.7 percent); Arizona (1.6 percent); and Texas, Washington, D.C., Colorado and OR (1.4 percent each).
The bureau added that the 33,700-person drop was a relatively small percentage change compared to Illinois' population of 12.8 million people.
Kimball Brace, the reapportionment expert who has been involved in drawing legislative and congressional districts in Rhode Island since the early 1980s, ran the numbers Wednesday after the U.S. Census Bureau announced Rhode Island had added about 2,000 residents between July 2016 and July 2017.
Behind Wyoming's decline rate, which was the largest in the nation, were West Virginia, Illinois, Alaska and Hawaii. The Census pegged Pennsylvania's population at 12,805,537.
ME grew 4 percent, Rhode Island by 2 percent, and CT and Vermont basically broke even. Congress has capped the number of House seats at 435 since 1929, so every 10 years the seats are reallocated among the 50 states based on their current share of the national population.
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"Rural counties and downstate IL have taken the brunt of population declines in the past, but the number of people in Chicago, which has propped up the state, has leveled off", Harger said. IL had the largest numeric decline, losing 33,703 people (this was a relatively small percentage change compared to its population of 12.8 million).
Texas tallied the biggest numeric growth with its population increasing by almost 400,000 residents in 2017.
Population estimates list Utah with 3,101,833 people. However, in the past year, the net number of individuals moving between Kentucky and other USA states was positive, albeit small. For domestic numbers, MA saw a loss of 23,000 residents moving to other states.
California grew to more than 39.5 million people. But Connecticut attracted some 17,000 people from other countries, a little more than a third of the number for MA.