Washington ranks 4th in population growth from 2016 to 2017

It won’t be any surprise to people in the fast-growing metro Seattle region: Washington ranks 4th among the states in population growth over the last year, according to the U. S. Census Bureau. That’s true whether measured in numeric growth or percentage growth.

Washington added 124,089 residents, a 1.7 percent increase. 

In percentage terms, Idaho was the fastest-growing state, growing by 2.2 percent, but out of the top 10 in numeric growth. 

Adding 399,734 residents, Texas came in first in numeric population growth and seventh in percentage growth, up 1.7 percent.

As Pew Trust’s Stateline points out, not every state is growing.

Eight states lost population between July 2016 and July 2017, according to new U.S. Census Bureau estimates. If the estimates hold up, it would be the first time in 30 years that so many states lost residents in a single year.

And the population losers are:

According to this year’s state population estimate, Alaska, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, West Virginia and Wyoming all lost population between 2016 and 2017.

It’s better to be growing.