Georgia ranked No. 6 for population growth in 2017


If it seems like more and more people are moving to Georgia, you would be correct. Georgia ranked sixth for numeric population growth last year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s national and state population estimates of 2017.

Between July 2016 and July 2017, the U.S. population increased by 2.3 million, or 0.72 percent, bringing the nation’s total population to 325.7 million. In this 12-month span, Georgia gained 115,759 residents. The national population grew 0.72 percent and Georgia remained the eighth most populous state in the country.

The population of voting-age residents 18 and older increased from 2016’s 249.5 million people to 252.1 million in 2017. This 0.93 percent boost makes 77.4 percent of 2017’s total population residents of voting age.

International migration remains a critical factor in U.S. population growth, despite the first drop since 2012-13. Between 2016 and 2017, net international migration fell 1.8 percent. Still, in the last year, over 1.1 million people migrated to the United States.

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