Shrinking U.S. States

Which U.S. states had a lower population in 2020 than at some other time in their past?
Source: July 2020 Census Estimates
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Loss
Peak
State
320,545
2016
New York
308,248
2013
Illinois
220,765
1950
West Virginia
88,760
2004
Michigan
69,385
2018
California
36,028
2017
Louisiana
25,106
2014
Mississippi
21,879
2016
Hawaii
Loss
Peak
State
17,454
2004
Rhode Island
15,629
2019
Pennsylvania
11,417
2016
Alaska
9,359
2018
New Jersey
4,061
2015
Wyoming
3,850
2011
Vermont
3,290
2019
Ohio
1,309
2019
Massachusetts
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Level 44
Dec 26, 2020
According to the Jetpunk chart, it says California has a growing population rate. Is COVID the reason why they are here?
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Level ∞
Dec 26, 2020
California is shrinking because people are moving to other states.
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Level 62
Dec 26, 2020
yeah, California has an exodus for two main reasons: wildfires, and cost of living
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Level ∞
Dec 26, 2020
Any evidence of the wildfires claim? I haven't heard that one before.
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Level 44
Dec 26, 2020
But according to the Jetpunk Charts, California is growing at a rate of 0.8 percent per year. So it isn't entirely shrinking. Yet, it quickly shrunk in a period of two years. Only a sudden event could cause that.
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Level 71
Dec 27, 2020
California mostly grows because of immigration and relatively high birthrate. Both those factors have been affected this year. The outward migration of longtime residents has been increasing for roughly the past decade but seems accelerated this year. It will be interesting to see what happens in 2021.
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Level 71
Dec 27, 2020
California wildfires is a normal occurrence. Just like earthquakes, no one moves because of them.
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Level 64
Jan 12, 2021
But the wildfires are way worse now than they have been in the past. I don't think it's a major reason why people are moving out of California now, but I have a hunch it might be a more prominent factor in the coming decades.
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Level 78
Jan 13, 2021
I know a couple who lost their home to a wildfire that was driven by the dry, 55 mph El Diablo winds and she barely made it out alive, driving alone through her burning neighborhood with flaming trees falling all around her. The fire destroyed 25 percent of their city and more fires have burned parts of the city since. Then they learned that they could only receive full insurance compensation if they built back on the same property, but new regulations added through the years made that cost-prohibitive. They elected to take less insurance money and move to another house which has since been threatened twice more by fire. Two couples they know have given up and moved to Idaho. The wildfires are getting larger and more frequent in CA and the air quality stays bad for weeks afterward. I realize this is anecdotal and wildfires aren't the only reason people are moving, but after hearing their story I believe they are a factor and it's only going to get worse.
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Level 63
Jan 14, 2021
@kapulani3 Wildfires in California are a normal occurrence, but have increased in number and severity in recent years. Also, it is incorrect to say that "no one" moves because of them. Some do. In fact, my Uncle and his family moved for this very reason.
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Level 83
Dec 26, 2020
Thus the photograph.
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Level 50
Dec 26, 2020
Are you sure CT shouldn't be here?
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Level 60
Dec 26, 2020
There’s way too much time most people can type all the states in this time. I think I did around 45 before I finished with around 50 seconds left. Maybe half the time?
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Level 72
Dec 26, 2020
I agree. After I finished the quiz, I went back and did it again - not by guessing but by typing all states . . . I learned them as a kid in alphabetical order. After I finished, I still had over a minute left.
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Level ∞
Dec 26, 2020
Reduced the time.
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Level 44
Dec 26, 2020
West Virginia was also interesting. I knew it was shrinking, but I had no idea it was that rapid. Apparently, it has the highest death rate in the nation. In 2017, 4500 more people died in the state, than the number of people who were born in the state that year.
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Level 71
Dec 27, 2020
I once would have thought it first but since I know of so many people moving there I thought it was growing. Since we are still in 2020 I'm wondering if these numbers were from earlier in the year (census) and as the year progressed people are moving in.
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Level 58
Dec 26, 2020
0:56 and complete
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Level 68
Dec 27, 2020
Something weird just happened. First of all, I didn't do very well but that's not it. I only got half right but I only guessed the hardest eight correctly. The easier ones eluded me. Quite the anomaly.
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Level 46
Jan 12, 2021
All of the information that I was able to find cited a (slowly) growing population in Massachusetts and a shrinking population in Connecticut.
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Level ∞
Jan 19, 2021
https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2020/estimates-population-housing-units.html
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Level 60
Jan 12, 2021
Why is Arizona on the thumbnail?
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Level 46
Jan 12, 2021
Because people are moving there (ie people leaving California)
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Level 57
Jan 12, 2021
The definition of "shrinking" seems dubious to me, as it should be based on a trend not just the current state compared to peak population.

Thanks!

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Level 47
Jan 14, 2021
More time please!