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Lousiana’s population totaled 4.3 million on July 1, 2006, down nearly 220,000 from one year earlier, according to estimates released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. The state lost almost 5 percent of its pre-Hurricane Katrina population during the course of the year. During the previous one-year period (July 1, 2004 to July 1, 2005), Louisiana’s population had grown by 12,000 to 4.5 million.
Texas gained more people than any other state between July 1, 2005 and July 1, 2006 (579,275). Florida and California followed, gaining 321,697 and 303,402, respectively. Rounding out the top five states were Georgia (231,388) and Arizona (213,311).
Meanwhile, Arizona was the nation’s fastest-growing state over the period, breaking Nevada’s grip on the title, with its population rising 3.6 percent. Nevada ranked second this time,as its population climbed by 3.5 percent, followed by Idaho (2.6 percent), Georgia (2.6 percent) and Texas (2.5 percent). (See Table A below.) The South and West again monopolized the list of fastest-growing states with Utah, North Carolina, Colorado, Florida and South Carolina rounding out the top 10. Colorado and South Carolina replaced Delaware and Oregon on the list this year.
According to the estimates, California remains the most populous state with a population of 36.5 million on July 1, 2006. Rounding out the top five states were Texas (23.5 million), New York (19.3 million), Florida (18.1 million) and Illinois (12.8 million).
|Top 10 Fastest-Growing||Top 10 Numeric Gainers|
|1. Arizona||3.6||1. Texas||579,275|
|2. Nevada||3.5||2. Florida||321,697|
|3. Idaho||2.6||3. California||303,402|
|4. Georgia||2.5||4. Georgia||231,388|
|5. Texas||2.5||5. Arizona||213,311|
|6. Utah||2.4||6. North Carolina||184,046|
|7. North Carolina||2.1||7. Washington||103,899|
|8. Colorado||1.9||8. Colorado||90,082|
|9. Florida||1.8||9. Nevada||83,228|
|10. South Carolina||1.7||10. Tennessee||83,058|