Population Projections 2004 - 2030 by State, Age and Sex:
News Release on April 21, 2005
EMBARGOED UNTIL: 12:01 A.M. EDT, APRIL 21, 2005 (THURSDAY)
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Florida, California and Texas to Dominate Future
Population Growth, Census Bureau Reports
Three states — Florida, California and Texas — would account for nearly one-half (46 percent) of total U.S. population growth between 2000 and 2030, according to Census Bureau state population projections released today. Consequently, Florida, now the fourth most populous state, would edge past New York into third place in total population by 2011; California and Texas would continue to rank first and second, respectively, in 2030. (See attached table, available on the internet at http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/2005/stateproj7.xls.)
These three states would each gain more than 12 million people between 2000 and 2030. Arizona, projected to add 5.6 million people, and North Carolina, with 4.2 million, would round out the top five numerical gainers. As a result, Arizona and North Carolina would move into the top 10 in total population by 2030 — Arizona rising from 20th place in 2000 to 10th place in 2030 and North Carolina from 11th place to seventh place. Michigan and New Jersey are projected to drop out of the top 10. (See attached table, available on the internet at http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/2005/stateproj7.xls.)
The projections indicate that the top five fastest-growing states between 2000 and 2030 would be Nevada (114 percent), Arizona (109 percent), Florida (80 percent), Texas (60 percent) and Utah (56 percent).
Most (88 percent) of the nation's population growth between 2000 and 2030 would occur in the South and West, which would be home to the 10 fastest-growing states over the period. The share of the population living in the South and West would increase from 58 percent in 2000 to 65 percent in 2030, while the share in the Northeast and Midwest would decline from 42 percent to 35 percent.
These projections were produced by the Population Division in correspondence with the U.S. interim projections released in March 2004. They were developed for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia by age and sex for the years 2000 to 2030, based on Census 2000 results. These projections differ from forecasts in that they represent the results of the mathematical projection model given that current state-specific trends in fertility, mortality, internal migration and international migration continue. The projections to 2004 have been superseded by population estimates at <http://www.census.gov/popest/estimates.php>.
For more information about Census Bureau interim state population projections, including a discussion of the methodology and assumptions, please see the following Web site: <http://www.census.gov/population/www/projections/stproj.html>.
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Source: http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/004704.html accessed on the internet on September 2, 2005.