Florida added an average of 803 new residents every day over the last year to become the nation’s third-most populous state, the U.S. Census Bureau said Tuesday. At almost 19.9 million residents, Florida has supplanted New York, which clocked in at 19.7 million residents.
New York’s growth has been much slower than that of the Sunshine State: Florida’s population grew by 293,000 over the year, while New York’s population expanded by just 51,000 residents.
Overall, the Census Bureau’s annual report showed the U.S. population increased by three-quarters of a percent between July 1, 2013 and July 1, 2014, to 318.9 million residents.
The report shows 44 states and the District of Columbia added population over the last year. Six states — Illinois, West Virginia, Connecticut, New Mexico, Alaska and Vermont — lost population over that period. Puerto Rico lost more of its population, 1.3 percent, or 47,000 residents, than any state.
The fastest-growing states were mostly in the West and the South, with the exception of North Dakota, where an energy boom is attracting new residents in droves. Of the nearly 2.4 million new U.S. residents, 2 million moved to the South and West, while about 300,000 live in Midwestern or Northeastern states.
North Dakota grew by almost 2.2 percent over the year, faster than any other state. Nevada, Texas, Colorado, Arizona, Utah and Idaho all grew by more than 1.3 percent.
Texas added more residents than any other state, at 451,000. California, Florida and Georgia all saw their populations grow by six figures. For the first time in its history, Georgia surpassed the 10 million resident mark, joining Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois, New York, Florida, Texas and California as the only states with populations in the eight-figure range.