Most Populous US states by Decade

Guess which 10 states had the highest population at each US census!
From Official US Census Data via WIkipedia
Denotes population in area encompassed by current state
Total population, including slaves for 1790-1860
Ex: Virginia before 1870 includes slaves but not population of modern West Virginia
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Rank
Population
State
2010
1
37,253,956
California
2
25,145,561
Texas
3
19,378,102
New York
4
18,801,310
Florida
5
12,830,632
Illinois
6
12,702,379
Pennsylvania
7
11,536,504
Ohio
8
9,883,640
Michigan
9
9,687,653
Georgia
10
9,535,483
North Carolina
2000
1
33,871,648
California
2
20,851,820
Texas
3
18,976,457
New York
4
15,982,378
Florida
5
12,419,293
Illinois
6
12,281,054
Pennsylvania
7
11,353,140
Ohio
8
9,938,444
Michigan
9
8,414,350
New Jersey
10
8,186,453
Georgia
1990
1
29,760,021
California
2
17,990,455
New York
3
16,986,510
Texas
4
12,937,926
Florida
5
11,881,643
Pennsylvania
6
11,430,602
Illinois
7
10,847,115
Ohio
8
9,295,297
Michigan
9
7,730,188
New Jersey
10
6,628,637
North Carolina
1980
1
23,669,000
California
2
17,557,000
New York
3
14,228,000
Texas
4
11,867,000
Pennsylvania
5
11,419,000
Illinois
6
10,797,000
Ohio
7
9,739,000
Florida
8
9,259,000
Michigan
9
7,364,000
New Jersey
10
5,874,000
North Carolina
1970
1
19,953,134
California
2
18,241,266
New York
3
11,793,909
Pennsylvania
4
11,196,730
Texas
5
11,113,976
Illinois
6
10,652,017
Ohio
7
8,875,083
Michigan
8
7,168,164
New Jersey
9
6,789,443
Florida
10
5,689,170
Massachusetts
1960
1
16,827,000
New York
2
15,850,000
California
3
11,343,000
Pennsylvania
4
10,113,000
Illinois
5
9,739,000
Ohio
6
9,617,000
Texas
7
7,848,000
Michigan
8
6,099,000
New Jersey
9
5,167,000
Massachusetts
10
4,951,560
Florida
1950
1
14,830,192
New York
2
10,586,223
California
3
10,498,012
Pennsylvania
4
8,712,176
Illinois
5
7,946,627
Ohio
6
7,748,000
Texas
7
6,421,000
Michigan
8
4,860,000
New Jersey
9
4,690,000
Massachusetts
10
4,060,000
North Carolina
1940
1
13,479,142
New York
2
9,183,627
Pennsylvania
3
7,897,241
Illinois
4
6,907,612
Ohio
5
6,907,387
California
6
6,414,824
Texas
7
5,256,106
Michigan
8
4,316,721
Massachusetts
9
4,160,165
New Jersey
10
3,784,664
Missouri
Rank
Population
State
1930
1
12,588,066
New York
2
9,631,350
Pennsylvania
3
7,630,654
Illinois
4
6,646,697
Ohio
5
5,824,715
Texas
6
5,677,251
California
7
4,842,325
Michigan
8
4,249,614
Massachusetts
9
4,041,334
New Jersey
10
3,629,367
Missouri
1920
1
10,385,227
New York
2
8,720,017
Pennsylvania
3
6,485,280
Illinois
4
5,759,394
Ohio
5
4,663,228
Texas
6
3,852,356
Massachusetts
7
3,668,412
Michigan
8
3,426,861
California
9
3,404,055
Missouri
10
3,155,900
New Jersey
1910
1
9,113,614
New York
2
7,665,111
Pennsylvania
3
5,638,591
Illinois
4
4,767,121
Ohio
5
3,896,542
Texas
6
3,366,416
Massachusetts
7
3,293,335
Missouri
8
2,810,173
Michigan
9
2,700,876
Indiana
10
2,609,121
Georgia
1900
1
7,268,894
New York
2
6,302,115
Pennsylvania
3
4,821,550
Illinois
4
4,157,545
Ohio
5
3,106,665
Missouri
6
3,048,710
Texas
7
2,805,346
Massachusetts
8
2,516,462
Indiana
9
2,420,982
Michigan
10
2,231,853
Iowa
1890
1
6,003,174
New York
2
5,258,113
Pennsylvania
3
3,826,352
Illinois
4
3,672,329
Ohio
5
2,679,185
Missouri
6
2,238,947
Massachusetts
7
2,235,527
Texas
8
2,192,404
Indiana
9
2,093,890
Michigan
10
1,912,297
Iowa
1880
1
5,082,871
New York
2
4,282,891
Pennsylvania
3
3,198,062
Ohio
4
3,077,871
Illinois
5
2,168,380
Missouri
6
1,978,301
Indiana
7
1,783,085
Massachusetts
8
1,648,690
Kentucky
9
1,636,937
Michigan
10
1,624,615
Iowa
1870
1
4,382,759
New York
2
3,521,951
Pennsylvania
3
2,665,260
Ohio
4
2,539,891
Illinois
5
1,721,295
Missouri
6
1,680,637
Indiana
7
1,457,351
Massachusetts
8
1,321,011
Kentucky
9
1,258,520
Tennessee
10
1,225,163
Virginia
1860
1
3,880,735
New York
2
2,906,215
Pennsylvania
3
2,339,511
Ohio
4
1,711,951
Illinois
5
1,350,428
Indiana
6
1,231,066
Massachusetts
7
1,219,630
Virginia
8
1,182,012
Missouri
9
1,155,684
Kentucky
10
1,109,801
Tennessee
Rank
Population
State
1850
1
3,097,394
New York
2
2,311,786
Pennsylvania
3
1,980,329
Ohio
4
1,119,348
Virginia
5
1,002,717
Tennessee
6
994,514
Massachusetts
7
988,416
Indiana
8
982,405
Kentucky
9
906,185
Georgia
10
869,039
North Carolina
1840
1
2,428,921
New York
2
1,724,033
Pennsylvania
3
1,519,467
Ohio
4
1,025,227
Virginia
5
829,210
Tennessee
6
779,828
Kentucky
7
753,419
North Carolina
8
737,699
Massachusetts
9
691,392
Georgia
10
685,866
Indiana
1830
1
1,918,608
New York
2
1,348,233
Pennsylvania
3
1,348,233
Virginia
4
937,903
Ohio
5
737,987
North Carolina
6
687,917
Kentucky
7
681,904
Tennessee
8
610,408
Massachusetts
9
581,185
South Carolina
10
516,823
Georgia
1820
1
1,372,812
New York
2
1,049,458
Pennsylvania
3
938,261
Virginia
4
638,829
North Carolina
5
581,434
Ohio
6
564,317
Kentucky
7
523,287
Massachusetts
8
502,741
South Carolina
9
422,813
Tennessee
10
407,350
Maryland
1810
1
959,049
New York
2
877,683
Virginia
3
810,091
Pennsylvania
4
556,526
North Carolina
5
472,040
Massachusetts
6
415,115
South Carolina
7
406,511
Kentucky
8
380,546
Maryland
9
262,042
Connecticut
10
261,727
Tennessee
1800
1
807,557
Virginia
2
602,545
Pennsylvania
3
586,050
New York
4
478,103
North Carolina
5
422,845
Massachusetts
6
345,591
South Carolina
7
341,548
Maryland
8
251,002
Connecticut
9
220,959
Kentucky
10
211,149
New Jersey
1790
1
691,937
Virginia
2
434,373
Pennsylvania
3
393,751
North Carolina
4
378,787
Massachusetts
5
340,120
New York
6
319,728
Maryland
7
249,073
South Carolina
8
237,946
Connecticut
9
184,139
New Jersey
10
184,139
New Hampshire
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Jun 5, 2017
I bet this took a while to make! Great quiz.
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Jun 5, 2017
Thanks! it only took a few hours, but I thought it was a topic notably lacking from this site.