Update: Unfortunately, I inadvertently wrote that Texas was moving to second most populous state when, in fact, it was simply remaining there. Additionally, New York remains in the third spot behind California and Texas. My apologies for the mistake.
According to the New York Times, the state of New York is ceding its status as most populous state to California as U.S. Census numbers rolled out Monday. Texas now moves into the No. 2 spot and has achieved the greatest growth of any state in the U.S. over the last 10 years.
The numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau demonstrate that immigrants and natural-born citizens are opting for warmer climates, as even Florida has nudged within 100,000 residents of New York for third on the list. The one exception is North Dakota, which climbed by more than 3 percent, the highest of any state thanks to an energy boom. Still, 3 percent in North Dakota is only 22,000 people, and most of the growth in the U.S. remains in the southern and western states according to the Washington Post:
The annual estimates of state population on July 1 shows the South added more than 1.1 million residents between 2012 and 2013, while Western states added almost 728,000 residents over the past year. Northeastern states added 171,000 residents, while the Midwest added another 226,000 people.
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East coast states including Maine and West Virginia suffered a net loss while others like Connecticut, New Hamshire, rhode Island and Vermont grew by only one-tenth of 1 percent.