Rhode Island Leads the Nation…in Population Loss
Rhode Island is losing residents at a faster clip than any other state in the nation.
New population estimates being released today by the Census Bureau show that in the year ending July 1, the state’s population declined by four-tenths of percent. Rhode Island lost just over 3,800 people to end up with an estimated 1.058 million residents.
According to the Census figures, the only other state to lose population was Michigan, which saw a decline of three-tenths of a point.
Here are some more details . First is a list of raw population numbers and rankings from 2006 to 2007; it is broken out by the U.S. as a whole as well as four geographic regions and RI itself (I apologize for the table lines not being completely drawn and other truncation. Thanks to “chalkdust” for giving a heads up on some oversights on my part. The perils of hasty post compilation!):
Note that over the past year (as usual) the Northeast is the slowest growing region and Rhode Island is at the very bottom of all states. Here’s another table showing the raw numbers:
And another table that summarizes rates per 1,000 people:
Finally, here is a graph of the net internal migration for Rhode Island up until 2006.
Starting in 2004, but really picking up speed in 2005 and 2006, our state has been hemorrhaging people. Time to shrink government too, huh?