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Texas Added Nearly 400,000 People In The Past Year — And Half Were Babies, Census Reports

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Texas added more people in the past year than any other state, according to new estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. 

Between July 2016 and July 2017, 399,734 new Texans were welcomed. That’s like adding another Arlington or almost three more Dentons. And more than half of the newcomers were babies.

Here's how the census breaks it down. All numbers are from July 2016 to July 2017. 

  • Natural increase: 209,690 people resulted from the number of births (404,311) outpacing deaths (194,621). 
  • International migration: 110,417 people moved to Texas from other countries.
  • Domestic migration: 79,163 people moved to Texas from other states.

Note: The total (399,734) includes a residual that represents the change in population that can't be attributed to any specific demographic component. Learn more here.

Behind Texas, Florida, California, Washington and North Carolina round out the top five states that added the most individuals in that time period.

Even so, California is the most populous state in the country, with 39.5 million people. Texas follows in second with 28.3 million people. In 2016, the Lone Star State had 27.9 million people. In 2010, the state’s population was 25.1 million.

Since Texas’ population was already large, the state grew just 1.4 percent over the past year. That puts Texas at No. 7 in the top 10 states ranked by percentage growth.

The fastest-growing state these days is Idaho. It increased its population by 2.2 percent, which took just under 37,000 new residents to accomplish.