Top 10 Slowest Growing U.S. States

Can you guess the states that recorded the lowest percentage population growth between 1960 and 2019?
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Last updated: January 21, 2020
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State
- 3.49%
West Virginia
+ 12.9%
Pennsylvania
+ 14.3%
Iowa
+ 15.6%
New York
+ 20.0%
Ohio
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State
+ 20.2%
North Dakota
+ 23.6%
Rhode Island
+ 25.3%
Illinois
+ 27.3%
Michigan
+ 29.7%
South Dakota
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Level 83
Jan 21, 2020
Interestingly, go ahead one decade to start at 1970 and Michigan's growth drops by more than half to 12.5%. The decline of domestic cars was not kind to the state.

Start at 1980 and West Virginia's loss more than doubles to -7.4%.

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Level 69
Jan 22, 2020
Largely rust belt states and states where white flight often meant fleeing to suburbs across state lines (e.g., Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York, Rhode Island). Was a bit confused about North and South Dakota, especially since they've been growing a lot faster lately.
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Level 83
Jan 22, 2020
I was also surprised by the Dakotas. Maybe their boom is too recent to significantly effect the overall trend since 1960?
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Level 58
Mar 9, 2020
I think people als move away from the Dakota's because there is not much to do in Dakota.
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Level 41
Mar 9, 2020
Well besides the oil boom, no one wants to live here
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Level 35
Jan 24, 2021
The Dakotas both first hit the 600K mark in the 1920 census. Both would spend the rest of the 20th century drifting up and down the 600s.

Only in the past 30 years did growth pick up.

South Dakota's has been sure and steady, while North Dakota's has been a wilder trajectory.

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Level 47
Nov 19, 2020
I spelled Pennsylvania wrong so I missed it LMAO
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Level 31
Feb 28, 2021
missed iowa and ohio