That is the largest decline in Wyoming since 1989 and well below neighboring states like Idaho, which saw the largest population increase in the nation previous year at 2.2 percent. In terms of percentage change, that puts the state in the middle of the pack, or 23 overall. Idaho was the fastest growing state during the year, at 2.2 percent, followed by Nevada, Utah, Washington and Florida. Florida comes in at number three, pushing NY down a peg to four when compared to counts from the 2010 Census. "At this rate, they will be down to just one district in the next several years", he added. Wyoming had the largest percentage decline (1.0 percent).
ME grew 4 percent, Rhode Island by 2 percent, and CT and Vermont basically broke even.
"A lot of states have witnessed similar issues and come back from them", Harger said, referring to Pennsylvania, which he says has seen a population increase of about 103,000 since 2010. Vermont, ranked 44 had an increase of about 300 people.
Much of that was due to people moving there from other states.
Wyoming's population has dropped for the second consecutive year, according to data released Wednesday by the state's Economic Analysis Division. IL has a population of 12.8 million, down about 29,500 over the same period.
Eight states lost population, including IL, which saw a reduction of 33,703 people.
Texas added almost 400,000 residents to its population during the past year, the most of any state. Florida is a distant third with 20.9 million people, and NY is fourth with a population of 19.8 million. Net worldwide migration decreased 1.8% - the first drop since 2012 to 2013. For domestic numbers, MA saw a loss of 23,000 residents moving to other states. That state's domestic migration was 22,000, or about 1,000 less than MA.