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Idaho and Nevada tie for title of country's fastest-growing states

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 26, 2018 at 9:19 a.m.

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau says that for the second year in a row, Idaho is one of the fastest-growing states in the country.

The Statesman reports that the Census Bureau released population growth estimates last week that found Idaho's population had grown 2.1 percent in one year, tying for highest percentage growth with Nevada. Between July 2017 and July 2018, Idaho's population grew by more than 35,000 people to 1,754,208, the Census Bureau estimated.

Nearly three-quarters of the change is due to in-migration from other states, according to the bureau. The rest can be attributed to a "natural increase" — when the number of births in the state outpace the number of deaths.

Utah had the third highest percentage growth during the same time period with 1.9 percent, according to the Census Bureau.

Population Change for States (and Puerto Rico): From April 1, 2017 to July 1, 2018[Source: U.S. Census Bureau]

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