Population Data Series
2008 Population Estimates

The nation's population grew by nearly 2.77 million people, or 0.9 percent between July 1, 2007 and July 1, 2008, according to recently released estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. This brings the total U.S. population to over 304.0 million.

Utah experienced the fastest growth among states over this period as its population grew by 2.5 percent. Rounding out the list of the five most rapidly growing states is Arizona (2.3 percent), Texas (2.0 percent), North Carolina (2.0 percent), and Colorado (2.0 percent). Population totals decreased in Michigan (-0.5 percent) and Rhode Island (-0.2 percent).

2007 to 2008 State Population Changes

Missouri's population increased by 33,206, or 0.6 percent, between July 1, 2007 and July 1, 2008.  With 5,911,605 people, Missouri has the 18th largest population among the states and the District of Columbia. Since the 2000 Census, population in the state has increased by 316,394 (5.7 percent) compared to the national average of 8.0 percent growth.

Of the surrounding states, Missouri has the third largest population, following Illinois (12.9 million) and Tennessee (6.2 million). Tennessee had the fastest rate of growth among these states from 2007 to 2008 at 1.1 percent.

Missouri and Surrounding States Population Estimates
State Population Rank July 1, 2008 July 1, 2007 Population Change Percent  Change from 2007 to 2008 2000 Census Percent change from 2000 to 2008 Population change from 2000 to 2008
.Illinois 6 12,901,563 12,825,809 75,754 0.6% 12,419,293 3.9% 482,270
.Tennessee 17 6,214,888 6,149,116 65,772 1.1% 5,689,283 9.2% 525,605
.Missouri 18 5,911,605 5,878,399 33,206 0.6% 5,595,211 5.7% 316,394
.Kentucky 26 4,269,245 4,236,308 32,937 0.8% 4,041,769 5.6% 227,476
.Oklahoma 28 3,642,361 3,608,123 34,238 0.9% 3,450,654 5.6% 191,707
.Iowa 30 3,002,555 2,983,360 19,195 0.6% 2,926,324 2.6% 76,231
.Arkansas 32 2,855,390 2,830,557 24,833 0.9% 2,673,400 6.8% 181,990
.Kansas 33 2,802,134 2,777,382 24,752 0.9% 2,688,418 4.2% 113,716
.Nebraska 39 1,783,432 1,769,473 13,959 0.8% 1,711,263 4.2% 72,169
United States
***** 304,059,724 301,290,332 2,769,392 0.9% 281,421,906 8.0% 22,637,818

Source: U.S. Census Bureau Population Division

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Portions of this report were taken from the U.S. Census Bureau Population Press Release from December 22, 2008.

 


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