Which state led the nation in population growth?

States leading in population growth
Overall population growth is at historic lows, but some states continue to see record grrowth.

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released their national and state population estimates. Overall, the population of the United States grew in the past year by 392,665, or 0.1%. This is actually the lowest rate of growth seen since the nation’s founding. Decreased international migration, decreased fertility, and increased mortality due to the pandemic were reasons cited for this low growth rate. Of course, record level fatalities due to drug overdoses and violent crimes during the pandemic must not be overlooked either.

Of course, some states have seen continued population growth recently. In large part, the work from home environments being adopted by many employers during the pandemic have also contributed to some movement.

Which states are Americans moving to?

The top 3 most populous states in the country in 2021 are California (39,237,836 people), Texas (29,527,941 people), & Florida (21,781,128 people). With this said, only Texas and Florida saw increases in their population over the recent year. In California, the population actually decreased and continues to do so. Due to various factors including high costs of living and restrictive government mandates, many Californians have opted to relocate to other states.

As for the top 10 states in numeric growth over the past year, they are as follows:

  • #1. Texas
  • #2. Florida
  • #3. Arizona
  • #4. North Carolina
  • #5. Georgia
  • #6. South Carolina
  • #7. Utah
  • #8. Tennessee
  • #9. Idaho
  • #10. Nevada


In analyzing these data, it is obvious that more Americans are opting to relocate to warmer states with lower costs of living and less restrictive government. Areas such as South Florida have always been highly desirable relocation destinations for many Americans. Given the recent U.S. Census data, it appears that these trends will continue for the foreseeable future. Investing in South Florida real estate will likely continue to be a wise decision. Are you thinking of buying property in South Florida? We can help!

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By natasha moore

REALTOR® with Live South Florida Realty, Inc.

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