Colorado cracked the nation's top 10 in population growth over the past year, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau figures.
Those estimates, released on Wednesday, show that Colorado's population grew 1.4% in the one-year time span from July 1, 2017, to the same date in 2018, landing the Centennial State's growth rate at No. 7 among the county's 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.
Colorado grew by 79,662 residents since last year.
The nation as a whole grew in population by 0.6 percent to 327.2 million people, its slowest pace in more than 80 years, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Nine states in addition to Puerto Rico experienced population losses over the past year.
They are: New York, Illinois, West Virginia, Louisiana, Hawaii, Mississippi, Alaska, Connecticut and Wyoming.
"Many states have seen fewer births and more deaths in recent years,” said Sandra Johnson, a Census Bureau demographer/statistician, in a news release. “If those states are not gaining from either domestic or international migration they will experience either low population growth or outright decline.”
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