What Are Some of the Most Populous U.S. States?


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California, Texas, Florida, New York and Illinois were the five most populous states as of 2014. Florida surpassed the population of New York in population growth between 2013 and 2014, knocking New York out of third place. Pennsylvania, Ohio, Georgia, North Carolina and Michigan ranked sixth through 10th most populous.

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Five of 2014's 10 most populous states, Texas, California, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina, were also among the 10 states with the largest growth in population numbers between 2013 and 2014. Texas and Florida also placed among the top 10 states with the largest population growth by percentage during the same period. While still fifth most populous in 2014, Illinois had lost population since 2013.

North Dakota, with the fastest rate of population growth from 2013 to 2014, ranked 47th most populous.

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