From the Star Ledger:
New Jersey’s population has risen slightly as the Garden State is hanging on to its ranking as the 11th most populous state in the nation, according to estimates released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
New Jersey had 8,944,460 people as of July 1, up just 9,000 from the 2015 estimate of 8,935,421. New Jersey counted 8.7 million residents in the 2010 census.
New York and Pennsylvania, on the other hand, were among eight states with a decline from 2015 to 2016. New York lost almost 2,000 people, bringing its estimated total to 19,745,289, while Pennsylvania’s population stood at 12,784,227, a decline of almost 7,700. Both remain in the top 10 in population.
New Jersey remained the 11th most populous state, but with a narrowing gap over Virginia.
Viirginia gained almost five times as many people as the Garden State, bringing its total to 8,411,808 in 2016 from 8,367,587 in 2015 and lowering the population gap with New Jersey to slightly more than 530,000. The 2010 census gave Virginia 8 million residents.
The fastest growing state by percentage was Utah, whose population increased 2 percent over the past year to 3.1 million people. Next was Nevada (2 percent) and Florida, Idaho and Washington (all with 1.8 percent).
Texas reported the biggest overall increase in population with 432,957 new residents from 2015 to 2016, followed by Florida with 367,525, and California with 256,077.
“States in the south and west continued to lead in population growth,” said Ben Bolender, chief of the Census Bureau’s Population Estimates Branch.