Washington, DC, United States (4E) – The U.S. population grew at a lowest rate of 0.72 percent in 70 years last year adding only 2.2 million people, according to a Census Bureau report released on Monday.
The current population now stands at 316,128,839 as of July 1 from 313,873,685 on July 1, 2012. The Census Bureau projected that the population by Jan. 1 would be 317,297,938, 0.7 percent higher from the Jan. 1, 2013 figure.
California remains the most populous state with 38,332,521 people followed by Texas and New York, the bureau said. But Texas registered the highest population growth of 387,397 during the period followed by California with 332,643 and Florida with 232,111.
Census data indicate that Florida could surpass New York in terms of population as the Empire State’s population is just 98,267 more than Sunshine State’s and the latter has a 3.75 percent growth rate since 2010 to the former’s 1.3 percent. Also growing are the populations of Maryland by 44,000 to 5.9 million people and Virginia by 74,000 residents.
North Dakota had the highest percentage of population growth at 3.14 percent, which is attributed to the state’s oil and gas boom. The District of Columbia comes in second with 2.06 percent followed by Utah (1.61 percent), Colorado (1.52 percent) and Texas (1.49 percent).
The District’s population rose 2 percent or 13,000 residents between July 1, 2012 and July 1, 2013 and now hosts more than 646,000 people.
“The new population estimate demonstrates that the District continues to be one of the most attractive and competitive cities in the nation,” D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray said Monday, according to Washington Post.