Idaho Leads U.S. As Fastest Growing State, Census Bureau Reports
Americans are again flocking to the West in great numbers, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Idaho saw its population jump by 2.2 percent from July 1, 2016 to July 1, 2017, leading the nation as the fastest growing state. Three other western states saw similar growth during that same period: Nevada, Utah and Washington. The overall U.S. population also grew by 2.3 million.
This is the first time in at least a decade that Idaho has topped the list as the fastest growing state, says Molly Cromwell, a demographer with the Census Bureau.
“Domestic migration is the primary factor driving that population growth. We’re also seeing that in Nevada,” she tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson. “But in Utah, which is the third fastest growing state this year, natural increase — or more births than deaths — is a driving factor.”