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Blooming States

November 29, 2012

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Population growth in successive decades has followed different trends for states across the country. While many states had early, substantial growth in percentage terms most of that population growth was quite small in numeric terms. In contrast, states with high percentage growth in more recent decades also gained very large numbers of people.

SOURCE: Decennial censuses 1790 to 2010
NOTE: Data reflect unrevised population figures and are for states following statehood as well as the District of Columbia. Figures for Maine, Massachusetts, West Virginia, and Virginia are based on current geography.

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