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2006 State Population Estimates

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Updated June 16, 2014
On December 22, 2006, the United States Census Bureau released their latest estimates of state population as of July 1, 2006. The most fascinating data revealed that Louisiana lost nearly 220,000 people or about five percent of the state's population from the year before (prior to Hurricane Katrina).

Other highlights include:

  • Texas gained more people than any other state between July 1, 2005 and July 1, 2006 (579,275 new residents).
  • Arizona surpassed Nevada as the country's fastest-growing state, with its population rising 3.6%.
  • The South and West again monopolized the list of fastest-growing states. The South added 1.5 million and the West added 1 million. However, the Northeast region grew by only 62,000 people.
  • California remains the most populous state with a population of nearly 36.5 million on July 1, 2006. Rounding out the top five states were Texas, New York, Florida, and Illinois.
  • North Carolina replaced New Jersey as the 10th most populous state.
Here's the list in population rank order...

1. California - 36,457,549
2. Texas - 23,507,783
3. New York - 19,306,183
4. Florida - 18,089,888
5. Illinois - 12,831,970
6. Pennsylvania - 12,440,621
7. Ohio - 11,478,006
8. Michigan - 10,095,643
9. Georgia - 9,363,941
10. North Carolina - 8,856,505
11. New Jersey - 8,724,560
12. Virginia - 7,642,884
13. Massachusetts - 6,437,193
14. Washington - 6,395,798
15. Indiana - 6,313,520
16. Arizona - 6,166,318
17. Tennessee - 6,038,803
18. Missouri - 5,842,713
19. Maryland - 5,615,727
20. Wisconsin - 5,556,506
21. Minnesota - 5,167,101
22. Colorado - 4,753,377
23. Alabama - 4,599,030
24. South Carolina - 4,321,249
25. Louisiana - 4,287,768
26. Kentucky - 4,206,074
27. Oregon - 3,700,758
28. Oklahoma - 3,579,212
29. Connecticut - 3,504,809
30. Iowa - 2,982,085
31. Mississippi - 2,910,540
32. Arkansas - 2,810,872
33. Kansas - 2,764,075
34. Utah - 2,550,063
35. Nevada - 2,495,529
36. New Mexico - 1,954,599
37. West Virginia - 1,818,470
38. Nebraska - 1,768,331
39. Idaho - 1,466,465
40. Maine - 1,321,574
41. New Hampshire - 1,314,895
42. Hawaii - 1,285,498
43. Rhode Island - 1,067,610
44. Montana - 944,632
45. Delaware - 853,476
46. South Dakota - 781,919
47. Alaska - 670,053
48. North Dakota - 635,867
49. Vermont - 623,908
50. Wyoming - 515,004

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