Census figures show a small U.S. population increase over 2013
By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Jan 2, 2014
The U.S. Census Bureau has estimated the U.S. population, as of yesterday (Jan. 1), at 317,297,938 people, a 0.7% increase from Jan. 1, 2013, reports The New York Times.
This month the bureau is expecting one birth to take place every eight seconds in the United States, and a death every 12 seconds.
The projected world population as of yesterday is 7,137,577,750, an increase of 77,630,563, or 1.1% since Jan. 1, 2013, the Times reports.
Across the globe, "this month, 4.3 births and 1.8 deaths are expected worldwide every second. India added 15.6 million people over the one-year period. It led all countries, followed by China, Nigeria, Pakistan and Ethiopia," according to The Times.
Back at home, "New York remains the nation’s third most populous state, after California and Texas — but its lead over Florida narrowed to fewer than 100,000 people over the last year," The Times reports. "If New York’s tepid growth rate and Florida’s rapid one continue over the next year, Florida will pull ahead.
"The nation’s long shift to the South and the West is continuing," the report continues. "In the Midwest and the Northwest, the population edged up by less than half a percent, while in the West and the South the population grew by nearly 1%. There was strong growth not just in California, Texas and Florida, but also in Arizona, Colorado, Utah and Washington.
"The largest population increases over the year were in Texas (387,397 people), California (332,643) and Florida (232,111)," according to The Times' reporting. "New York, which added 75,002 people, ranked ninth. California this year became the first state to top 38 million residents, with a population of 38,332,521.
Two small states, Maine and West Virginia, lost population over the year. And Puerto Rico lost about 1% of its residents.
"In percentages, the biggest gainer was North Dakota, which grew by 3.14% because of the oil and gas boom," The Times reports. "It was followed by the District of Columbia (2.06%), Utah (1.61%) Colorado (1.52%) and Texas (1.49%)."