Census figures July 2016-July 2017

Louisiana was one of just eight states that saw its population drop last year – after thousands of people moved to other states, new Census figures show.

The latest updated population estimates released this week span from July 1, 2016 to July 1, 2017.

During that time period, Idaho was the nation’s fastest-growing state, followed by Nevada, Utah, Washington and Florida.

“Domestic migration drove change in the two fastest-growing states, Idaho and Nevada, while an excess of births over deaths played a major part in the growth of the third fastest-growing state, Utah,” Luke Rogers, chief of the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Branch, said in a news release accompanying the new figures.

For Louisiana, the net decrease was fewer than 2,000 people, but figures show 27,515 people moved from Louisiana to other states during that year-long period. That outpaced the state's 18,017 natural increases, or the difference between the 63,066 births during the year and 45,049 deaths.

Only Illinois, West Virginia and Wyoming lost more people than Louisiana in the July 2016 to July 2017 year covered.

Other states that saw their population decline were Mississippi, Alaska, Hawaii and North Dakota.

Louisiana remains the 25th-largest state with an estimated 4.68 million residents.

For the past decade, Louisiana has been rebounding from the drastic population hit it took after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005.

The population in the 2010 Census tally was about 4.5 million.


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