As many of you might know, the USA is divided in 50 states and has a total population of over 324 million. The population of the 50 states fluctuates, but it mostly increases year over year.
Each of the top 10 most populated states in the USA has over nine million plus people, with California being in the top spot with over nearly 40 million people. While the last official census count was held in 2015, the US government census site has a population clock that estimates the number of residents per state .
1. California – 39,557,045
It’s no surprise that California wins the top spot due to being the third-largest state by area, with a population of over 39,557,045 people, and will likely hit 40 million by 2017. Just eight years ago the population was at 37,254,503 people.
Fun fact: California was originally known as the Grizzly Bear State. As California boomed—and the bear population was wiped out—it became the Golden State.
2. Texas – 28,701,845
Even though Texas is in the second spot both in size and population, they have only a population density of 109.9 per square mile, with growth nearly at 3 million more people since 2010.
Fun fact: The state’s cattle population is estimated to be near 16 million.
3. Florida – 21,299,325
Like the top 3 states, Florida has also experienced a population growth of over two million people since 2010.
Fun fact: In terms of area, Jacksonville, FL is the largest city in the United States.
4. New York – 19,542,209
New York has the highest density of people per square mile and at 414.7 per square mile it’s not for people who are claustrophobic. Even though New York’s population continues to grow, they lost the 3rd spot to Florida since the 2010 census.
Fun fact: New York City has 722 miles of subway track.
5. Pennsylvania – 12,807,060
Pennsylvania keeps its sixth spot but has also experienced a small amount of growth. Only 99,616 more people were born or moved to the state over the past six years. With a faster expanding population, it’s estimated it will reach the fifth spot in a couple of years.
Fun fact: Pennsylvania has the highest Amish population in the world.
6. Illinois – 12,741,080
Despite staying in the fifth spot for the past eight years, Illinois has had a population growth of only 28,446 residents. With Pennsylvania creeping up, Illinois could lose its fifth spot in the next couple of years.
Fun fact: Nearly 80% of the state’s land area is farm land.
7. Ohio – 11,689,442
Ohio sticks to its seventh spot. In 2010, it had a population of 11,536,725 people.
Fun fact: It is illegal for more than five women to live in one house in Ohio.
8. Georgia – 10,519,475
Georgia used to be at position nine in 2010, but has booted Michigan from its eighth position with over 526,179 more people in the past six years.
9. North Carolina – 10,383,620
Since the bottom three states have all shifted, North Carolina now fits in the ninth spot. In 2010, it sat in the tenth position. It has had growth of nearly one million more people.
Fun fact: In the city of Asheville, if you have to sneeze you better not do it on a city street! Sneezing on city streets is illegal.
10. Michigan – 9,995,915
It’s surprising that Michigan has such a population density due to its smaller size of nearly 59,000 square miles, but it did reach the top ten spots. However, in 2010 it sat in the top eighth position, so has been pushed down to tenth spot, as George and North Carolina have both experienced faster growth. Michigan had a modest population growth of 38,450 people since 2010. With a smaller growth, it’s possible that one of the other states that has yet to make the top ten list may displace it for the next census.
Fun fact: A woman isn’t allowed to cut her own hair without her husband’s permission.