Texas added nearly 400,000 residents during the past year, the most of any state, according to the latest population estimates released Wednesday by the Census Bureau.
Texas now is home to 28,304,596 residents, after a fresh batch of 399,734 people was added to the Lone Star State’s ranks.
To put that growth into perspective, that’s roughly the equivalent of adding the entire population of Arlington to the state, in just one year.
So where are all these folks coming from?
▪ Population growth the old-fashioned way: More than half of these new Texans (209,690) are the result of births (404,311) outpacing deaths (194,621).
▪ International immigration: 110,417 people moved to Texas from other countries.
▪ Domestic immigration: 79,163 people arrived from other U.S. states.
Overall, the United States now has 325.7 million inhabitants, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, which updates its population figures annually. Although the new figures were released Wednesday, they reflect population changes from July 1, 2016, to July 1, 2017.
Texas is now firmly in second place among the most populous states. California is by far the most populated with 39.5 million residents. Florida is a distant third with 20.9 million people, and New York is fourth with a population of 19.8 million.
Which state had the highest percentage of population growth? That would be Idaho, which is now home to 1.7 million people and grew 2.2 percent during the past year.
“Domestic migration drove change in the two fastest-growing states, Idaho and Nevada, while an excess of births over deaths played a major part in the growth of the third fastest-growing state, Utah,” said Luke Rogers, chief of the Census population estimates branch.
Eight states lost population, including Illinois, which saw a reduction of 33,703 people. (That may explain all the Chicago Cubs baseball caps that people wear on the streets of Dallas-Fort Worth!)