More Gains for Arizona

Date: January 17, 2017

State is 8th-fastest-growing in country.

More Gains for Arizona

Arizona is one of the country’s fastest-growing states,
according to new Census Bureau statistics.

The Grand Canyon State added 113,506 people from mid-2015 to
mid-2016, an increase of about 1.7 percent, the bureau reported. Arizona’s population is
now close to 7 million people.

 In addition to a warm climate, the state offers a
business-friendly environment with a low cost of living. Legislators have
passed a series of tax cuts in recent years, and
efforts to ease the burden of regulations on businesses
are ongoing.

 Many of Arizona’s neighbors also saw strong growth during
the year. “States in the South and West continued to lead in population
growth,” Ben Bolender, chief of the Census Bureau population estimates branch,
said in a statement. “In 2016, 37.9 percent of the nation’s population lived in
the South and 23.7 percent lived in the West.”

 Here are the top 10 states (Census figures include
Washington, D.C., as a state) by percentage growth, according to the Census

  1. Utah 2.03
  2. Nevada 1.95
  3. Idaho 1.83
  4. Florida 1.82
  5. Washington 1.78
  6. Oregon 1.71
  7. Colorado 1.68
  8. Arizona 1.66
  9. District of Columbia 1.61
  10. Texas 1.58

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