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    Texas added more residents than any other state

    texas flagTexas was the third-fastest growing state in the nation over the past year as a percentage, but it added more people than any other, according to new state-level population data released by the U.S. Census Bureau Dec. 23.

    Texas grew by 1.7 percent from July 2013 to July 2014, behind Nevada, which grew by 1.71 percent, and North Dakota, whose oilfield boom fueled a 2.16 percent growth in its population.

    Behind Texas is Colorado, which grew by 1.59 percent, and Washington, D.C., which grew by 1.51 percent.

    Texas remains the No. 2 most-populous state overall, with a population of 26.9 million. That’s behind California’s 38.8 million-strong population but ahead of Florida’s 19.8 million population. Florida surpassed New York to become the third-most-populous state in America.

    However, Texas did have the largest numeric increase in its population, which rose by 451,321 overall, ahead of California, which added 371,107 new residents last year.

    Here are the top 10 states for population, population change by percentage and numerical population change.

    The 10 Most Populous States on July 1, 2014

    1. California – 38,802,500
    2. Texas – 26,956,958
    3. Florida – 19,893,297
    4. New York – 19,746,227
    5. Illinois – 12,880,580
    6. Pennsylvania – 12,787,209
    7. Ohio – 11,594,163
    8. Georgia – 10,097,343
    9. North Carolina – 9,943,964
    10. Michigan – 9,909,877

    The 10 Fastest-Growing States from July 1, 2013, to July 1, 2014

    1. North Dakota – 2.16
    2. Nevada – 1.71
    3. Texas – 1.70
    4. Colorado – 1.59
    5. District of Columbia – 1.51
    6. Florida – 1.49
    7. Arizona – 1.45
    8. Utah – 1.38
    9. Idaho – 1.34
    10. South Carolina – 1.27

    The 10 States with the Largest Numeric Increase from July 1, 2013, to July 1, 2014

    1. Texas – 451,321
    2. California – 371,107
    3. Florida – 292,986
    4. Georgia – 102,584
    5. Arizona – 96,487
    6. North Carolina – 95,047
    7. Washington – 87,788
    8. Colorado – 83,780
    9. South Carolina – 60,553
    10. Virginia – 55,944

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