MERIC NEWS LETTER

Missouri's Population Increases by More than 40,000

The nation's population grew by 2.75 million people, or 0.94 percent between July 1, 2004 and July 1, 2005, according to recently released estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. This brings the total U.S. population to 296.4 million.

Nevada experienced the fastest growth among states over this period as its population grew by 3.51 percent. Rounding out the list of the five most rapidly growing states are Arizona (3.47 percent), Idaho (2.43 percent), Florida (2.33 percent) and Utah (2.02 percent). Population totals decreased in Rhode Island (-.35 percent), New York (-.14 percent), Massachusetts (-.13 percent) and the District of Columbia (-0.67 percent).

Missouri's population increased by an estimated 40,778 or 0.71 percent between July 1, 2004 and July 1, 2005. With 5,800,310 people, Missouri has the 18th largest population among the states and the District of Columbia, dropping a space behind Arizona. Since the 2000 Census, population in the state has increased by 205,099 (3.7 percent) compared to the national average of 5.3 percent growth. 

Of the surrounding states, Missouri has the third largest population, following Illinois (12.8 million) and Tennessee (6.0 million). Tennessee had the fastest rate of growth among the border states from 2004 to 2005 at 1.2 percent.

Other interesting details:

- This is the 19th consecutive year that Nevada has been the fastest growing state.

- The nation's 10 most populous states accounted for 54 percent of the nation's total population on July 1, 2005.

- The five states with the largest numerical growth (Florida, Texas, California, Arizona and Georgia) accounted for more than one-half (52 percent) of the nation's population growth from 2004 to 2005.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau Population Division.  Portions of this report were taken from the U.S. Census Bureau Population Press Release from December 22, 2005.

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