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Top 11 U.S. States by Population Growth

Can you guess the states of the U.S.A. with the highest percent population growth between 1960 and 2017?
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Last updated: September 16, 2018
First submittedSeptember 13, 2016
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State
+ 971%
Nevada
+ 432%
Arizona
+ 324%
Florida
+ 270%
Alaska
+ 246%
Utah
+ 219%
Colorado
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State
+ 194%
Texas
+ 164%
Georgia
+ 159%
Washington
+ 156%
Idaho
+ 149%
California
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level ∞
Sep 13, 2016
49 of the 50 states have gained population since 1960. West Virginia is the only state to have decreased.
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level 47
Dec 6, 2016
So THAT'S why I remembered West Virginia as being something related. And tried it :(
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level 51
Mar 10, 2018
+ JBlouw1850, I feel the same.
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level 56
May 23, 2018
Even Michigan did increase after the Detroit depopulation?
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level 79
Aug 26, 2018
Michigan's pop decreased in the short term, but it's still higher than it was in 1960.
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level 65
Nov 27, 2018
Detroit's depopulation was largely just flight to the suburbs, which wouldn't have affected the state's population as a whole too much.
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level 60
Sep 13, 2016
Wow, taking all of these quizzes at once makes it confusing at to which answers you have and have not guessed!
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level 52
Nov 8, 2016
Everyone I know is trying to get out of California, lol.
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level 67
Dec 6, 2016
Maybe it's something to do with you?
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level 67
Jan 6, 2017
Savage
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level 56
Dec 6, 2016
love it
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level 67
Jan 6, 2017
One thing I knew for sure is that Illinois would not be on this list. Every week or so it seems to be on the news about how many people are leaving Illinois (and rightly so, given how badly our government mismanages its finances).
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level ∞
May 19, 2018
The last person in Chicago will be stuck paying the pensions and health care costs of all the retired public employees.
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level 65
May 19, 2018
...Until he runs for governor and then goes to prison.
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level 38
Jul 12, 2019
Our government sucks. Corruption and just plain bad policy and budgeting.
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level 57
Jan 6, 2017
I'm Australian. How did I get 10/10 with 46 seconds to spare?
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level 74
Jan 6, 2017
You type fast?
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level 47
Nov 28, 2018
luck of the Irish? :)
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level 32
Jul 11, 2019
Prisoner's luck
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level 35
Jan 7, 2017
Haha! I thought the population of California would decrease after I moved.
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level 54
Nov 27, 2018
To California, or away? Quite different self-assessments.
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level 27
Jan 14, 2017
So pretty much all red states save California and Washington...
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level 46
Jan 16, 2017
...and Nevada and Florida and Colorado.
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level 59
Jan 16, 2017
Florida flip-flops too much to consider it a "true" blue state though.
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level 71
Feb 25, 2017
Oh, hey, no... Colorado has been decidedly blue for quite sometime.
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level 58
Nov 29, 2018
And those states are turning blue and purple now, so what does that tell you?
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level 66
Apr 21, 2017
Mormons, illegal aliens, and retirees can explain most of these.
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level 72
May 21, 2018
People are taking Go west, young man to heart.
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level 76
May 22, 2018
Two words: Air Conditioning!
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level 55
Nov 27, 2018
Is there a reason this is 11 states instead of ten?
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level 61
Nov 27, 2018
So the 11th state is given credit.
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level 69
Nov 27, 2018
I would expect North Dakota to be on here, given the oil-related booms there in recent years.
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level 74
Jun 26, 2019
It actually wavered between decreasing and barely increasing for decades.
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level 70
Nov 28, 2018
I live in Raleigh, NC. Last stat I heard is that 66 people move here a day on average. I was surprised that NC was not on this list.
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level 76
Dec 10, 2018
Me too.
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level 83
Feb 14, 2019
Since this quiz is about population growth over a 57-year period, the current move-in statistics are probably inconsequential to the rankings.
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level 74
Jun 26, 2019
It's 2.28 times what it was in 1960 and the cutoff is 2.49. Close.