The Centennial State's population grew 1.4 percent, according to new U.S. Census Bureau data. 

There is no doubt that Colorado is growing by leaps and bounds, especially the metro areas and the Front Range. You've hardly been able to turn around without bumping into someone who has recently moved to this great state. But, how do we stack up against the rest of the nation in terms of growth?

The U.S. Census Bureau released data on December 19 detailing population growth in the U.S. and growth state by state. According to the numbers, the overall U.S. population grew by 0.6 percent overall, bringing the overall number of people in the nation to 327.2 million.

When looking at state-by-state data, Nevada and Idaho were the fastest growing states from July 1, 2017, to July 1, 2018. Both states grew by about 2.1 percent in the last year. They were followed by Utah (1.9 percent), Arizona (1.7 percent), and Florida and Washington (1.5 percent each).

Colorado came in next at No. 7, growing by 1.4 percent from 2017 to 2018. According to the data, we now have about 5.7 million residents. 

The Top 10 was rounded out by Texas, South Carolina, and North Carolina, respectively. 

Population Change for States (and Puerto Rico): From April 1, 2017 to July 1, 2018

Courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Where might the new people be coming from? Natural increases, such as more births than deaths, immigration, and an influx of people from other states account for population growth. Maybe the people are coming from one of the nine states that lost population last year: New York (down 48,510), Illinois (45,116), West Virginia (11,216), Louisiana (10,840), Hawaii (3,712), Mississippi (3,133), Alaska (2,348), Connecticut (1,215), and Wyoming (1,197).

“Many states have seen fewer births and more deaths in recent years,” said Sandra Johnson, a demographer/statistician in the Population Division of the Census Bureau. “If those states are not gaining from either domestic or international migration they will experience either low population growth or outright decline.”

Check out the census data to learn more about growth across the nation. 

What do you think? Are you surprised or not so much by the data? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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