CHICAGO (CBS)–Illinois population continues to decline and the state now ranks as the sixth most-populous, falling behind Pennsylvania.

According to the latest U.S. Census data, Illinois lost nearly 34,000 people in the last year, the biggest decline in the country. It marks the fourth-straight year of population decline.

The drop now puts Pennsylvania, which added about 18,000 people, at No. 5.

The top 10:

California: 39.53 million

Texas: 28.3 million

Florida: 20.98 million

New York: 19.84 million

Pennsylvania: 12.805 million

Illinois: 12.802 million

Ohio: 11.65 million

Georgia: 10.42 million

North Carolina: 10.27 million

Michigan: 9,96 million

Idaho was the nation’s fastest-growing state over the last year, according to Census data.

The U.S. population grew by 2.3 million between July 1, 2016, and July 1, 2017, representing a 0.72 percent increase to 325.7 million.

 

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