The Census Bureau reported Tuesday that the United States population in this country has increased 9.7% since the 2000 census, to 308,745,538 in 2010. The regions in which population got the largest upward bump were the South, rising 14.31 million, and in the West, adding 8.74 million. In the Northeast, the population grew by 1.72 million and the Midwest by 2.53 million, according to the new Census figures.
Real-estate woes notwithstanding, Nevada’s population jumped by 35.1% to a population of 2.70 million, which was the largest percentage jump of any state. But Texas gained more residents than any other state, adding 4.293 million people, for a state total of 25.14 million. California remains the most populous state, with 37.25 million people. The smallest state by population is Wyoming, with 563,626 persons,.
It’s interesting to note that the states with the highest median incomes, as determined by previous Bureau research, led by New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Maryland, are not the states where the “Wealthiest Americans” live, or those with the “10 Most Expensive Zip Codes.”