State Population Changes Reported by US Census Bureau

A new report from the US Census Bureau shows state population decreases in nine states. The states that lost population from July 2017 to July 2018 are 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). Puerto Rico saw a significant decrease in population 129,848 people or 3.9% over the same time period. Hurricane Maria's strike in September 2017 was one factor the Census Bureau gave as a reason for the decrease - although it acknowledged that “Puerto Rico has seen a steady decline in population over the last decade.” Nevada and Idaho saw the largest percentage in

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