Three states have topped the 20 million mark in population and another six have now reached the 10 million mark, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
The U.S. population increased by 0.79 percent between July 1, 2014, and July 1, 2015, which is only a fraction of a percent higher than the growth the previous year (0.78 percent).
For the first time in a decade, Florida added more people (365,703) than California (352,527), says the Census Bureau. But Texas had the largest total growth of any state with the addition of 490,036 residents.
North Dakota was the nation’s fastest-growing state by percent of population for the fourth year in a row, with a 2.3 percent increase, followed by 1.9 percent growth in Colorado, the District of Columbia and Nevada. Each of the 10 fastest-growing states was in the South or West, except North Dakota.
Seven states lost population during the year: Illinois (22,194 or -0.17 percent), West Virginia (4,623 or -0.25 percent), Connecticut (3,876 or -0.11 percent), Mississippi (1,110 or 0.04 percent), Maine (928 or -0.07 percent), Vermont (725 or -0.12 percent) and New Mexico (458 or -0.02 percent).
Puerto Rico, which had an estimated population of 3.5 million on July 1, 2015, saw a decline of 60,706, or 1.7 percent, according to the data.
Following, in ascending order, are the 10 most populous states as of July 1.
10. Michigan, 9,922,576