lost almost 5 percent of its pre-Hurricane Katrina population
during the course of the year. During the previous one-year
period, the state's population had grown to 4.5 million.
Louisiana’s population totaled 4.3
million on July 1, 2006, down nearly 220,000 from one year
earlier, according to estimates released 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
Meanwhile, Arizona surpassed Nevada as the nation’s
fastest-growing state over the period, with its population
rising 3.6 percent. Nevada ranked second, as its population
climbed by 3.5 percent, followed by Idaho (2.6 percent), Georgia
(2.5 percent) and Texas (2.5 percent). 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
• North Carolina replaced New Jersey as the 10th most populous
• The Northeast region grew by only 62,000 people. In contrast,
the South grew by 1.5 million and the West by 1 million. The
Midwest added 281,000 people.
• The West was the fastest-growing region, with its population
climbing by 1.5 percent. The South followed (1.4 percent), with
the Midwest third (0.4 percent) and the Northeast fourth (0.1
• The South now accounts for 36 percent of the nation’s total
population, with the West comprising 23 percent, the Midwest 22
percent and the Northeast 18 percent.
• The population estimate for Puerto Rico for July 1, 2006, was
3.9 million, up about 16,000 since July 1, 2005. Puerto Rico’s
rate of increase was 0.4 percent.
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