According to the latest Census Bureau report, South Carolina’s population growth rate from July of last year to July 2014 was 1.2 percent. Which means the state’s population grew by over 60,000 people in one year — making it the tenth-fastest in the U.S.
With a population of about 4,775,000 South Carolina is ranked the 24th-most populous state in the country, sandwiched in between Alabama just ahead and Louisiana below.
California is the most populous in the country with over 38 million people and Wyoming is the least with a population of nearly 583,000 residents.
By adding an average of 803 new residents each day between July 1, 2013 and July 1, 2014, Florida passed New York to become the nation’s third most populous state, according to the Census Bureau. Florida’s population grew by 293,000 over this period, reaching 19.9 million. The population of New York increased by 51,000 to 19.7 million. Although the list of the 10 most populous states overall was unchanged, North Carolina did move past Michigan to take the 9th spot.
North Dakota was the nation’s fastest-growing state over the last year. Its population increased by 2.2 percent, followed by the 1.7 percent growth in Nevada and Texas. Each of the 10 fastest-growing states was in the South or West with the exception of North Dakota.
If the growth rates remain relatively constant, South Carolina will soon pass Alabama as the 23rd-largest state. The Yellowhammer State had roughly 17,000 more residents than South Carolina, but is growing at a much slower rate.
Six states lost population between July 1, 2013, and July 1, 2014: Illinois (9,972 or -0.08 percent), West Virginia (3,269 or -0.18 percent), Connecticut (2,664 or -0.07 percent), New Mexico (1,323 or -0.06 percent, Alaska (527 or -0.07 percent) and Vermont (293 or -0.05 percent).
The United States as a whole saw its population increase by 2.4 million to 318.9 million, or 0.75 percent.
In addition to the 50 states and the District of Columbia, the new statistics also include estimates for Puerto Rico. On July 1, 2014, Puerto Rico had an estimated population of 3.5 million, a decline of 47,000, or 1.3 percent, from one year earlier.
The Census Bureau produces population estimates each year, allowing the public to gauge the growth and demographic composition of the nation, states and communities. These statistics use administrative data to estimate population change between census years, using the decennial census count as a starting point. Local governments use estimates to locate services, and estimates are used by the private sector to locate businesses.
During 2015, the Census Bureau will release estimates of the 2014 population of counties, cities and towns, and metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas as well as national, state and county population estimates by age, sex, race and Hispanic origin.