By Terri Hillhouse
December 23, 2004
(Talon News) — The U.S. Census Bureau released figures on Wednesday estimating the nation’s population grew by a full 1% in the year between July 1, 2003 and July 1, 2004 with total figures now standing at 293.7 million people.
Nevada ranked first among states for the 18th year in a row with a growth rate of 4.1% which translates to nearly 3 million people.
Nevada was followed in rank by Arizona, Idaho, Utah, New Mexico, Florida, Georgia, Texas, Delaware and North Carolina.
The highest rate of population growth centered in the south and the west with each region having 5 states in the top ten.
The South now accounts for 36 percent of the nation’s total population, with the West comprising 23 percent, the Midwest 22 percent and the Northeast 19 percent.
The current growth rate is expected to have an impact on politics with the liberal or blue sections of the country growing at slower rates than the more conservative or red sections.
If the current rate continues population centers of the northeast may find their influence overridden by the west and Sun Belt states by the end of the decade.
Several states in the northeast are expected to lose a seat in the US House of Representatives as a result of redistricting following the 2010 census while states in the west and south will likely gain a seat.
Population growth shifts among states due to births, people moving in from other states and immigration.
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