Delaware’s population falls about 10,000 short of 1 million residents

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    The 2020 U.S. Census showed Delaware falling about 10,000 short of having a population of one million.

    The state’s 10.2 percent population growth outpaced its neighbors in the Mid Atlantic and Northeast and even compared favorably with Arizona.

    The District of Columbia did see a Sun Belt-like 14.6 percent population gain that matched Florida’s figure.

    Among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, only Illinois, Mississippi and West Virginia lost population.

    Delaware has been drawing residents, thank tos advantages that include beaches, a central location on the Northeast Corridor, low property taxes, low fuel taxes and no sales tax.

    The population gains are believed to have occurred in Sussex and to a lesser extent Kent County.

    The First State remains the 45th largest state and as expected did not pick up a second congressional seat. Some estimates indicate that could happen with he 2030 census.

    States in the Northeast will lose congressional seats to fast-growing states like Texas and Florida.

    See the 2020 Census figures below.

    Area
    2020 Census Resident Population
    2010 Census Resident Population
    Numeric Change
    Percent Change
    State Rank Based on 2020 Census Resident Population
    State Rank Based on 2010 Census Resident Population
    Alabama
    5,024,279
    4,779,736
    244,543
    5.1
    24
    23
    Alaska
    733,391
    710,231
    23,160
    3.3
    48
    47
    Arizona
    7,151,502
    6,392,017
    759,485
    11.9
    14
    16
    Arkansas
    3,011,524
    2,915,918
    95,606
    3.3
    33
    32
    California
    39,538,223
    37,253,956
    2,284,267
    6.1
    1
    1
    Colorado
    5,773,714
    5,029,196
    744,518
    14.8
    21
    22
    Connecticut
    3,605,944
    3,574,097
    31,847
    0.9
    29
    29
    Delaware
    989,948
    897,934
    92,014
    10.2
    45
    45
    District of Columbia
    689,545
    601,723
    87,822
    14.6
    X
    X
    Florida
    21,538,187
    18,801,310
    2,736,877
    14.6
    3
    4
    Georgia
    10,711,908
    9,687,653
    1,024,255
    10.6
    8
    9
    Hawaii
    1,455,271
    1,360,301
    94,970
    7.0
    40
    40
    Idaho
    1,839,106
    1,567,582
    271,524
    17.3
    38
    39
    Illinois
    12,812,508
    12,830,632
    -18,124
    -0.1
    6
    5
    Indiana
    6,785,528
    6,483,802
    301,726
    4.7
    17
    15
    Iowa
    3,190,369
    3,046,355
    144,014
    4.7
    31
    30
    Kansas
    2,937,880
    2,853,118
    84,762
    3.0
    35
    33
    Kentucky
    4,505,836
    4,339,367
    166,469
    3.8
    26
    26
    Louisiana
    4,657,757
    4,533,372
    124,385
    2.7
    25
    25
    Maine
    1,362,359
    1,328,361
    33,998
    2.6
    42
    41
    Maryland
    6,177,224
    5,773,552
    403,672
    7.0
    18
    19
    Massachusetts
    7,029,917
    6,547,629
    482,288
    7.4
    15
    14
    Michigan
    10,077,331
    9,883,640
    193,691
    2.0
    10
    8
    Minnesota
    5,706,494
    5,303,925
    402,569
    7.6
    22
    21
    Mississippi
    2,961,279
    2,967,297
    -6,018
    -0.2
    34
    31
    Missouri
    6,154,913
    5,988,927
    165,986
    2.8
    19
    18
    Montana
    1,084,225
    989,415
    94,810
    9.6
    44
    44
    Nebraska
    1,961,504
    1,826,341
    135,163
    7.4
    37
    38
    Nevada
    3,104,614
    2,700,551
    404,063
    15.0
    32
    35
    New Hampshire
    1,377,529
    1,316,470
    61,059
    4.6
    41
    42
    New Jersey
    9,288,994
    8,791,894
    497,100
    5.7
    11
    11
    New Mexico
    2,117,522
    2,059,179
    58,343
    2.8
    36
    36
    New York
    20,201,249
    19,378,102
    823,147
    4.2
    4
    3
    North Carolina
    10,439,388
    9,535,483
    903,905
    9.5
    9
    10
    North Dakota
    779,094
    672,591
    106,503
    15.8
    47
    48
    Ohio
    11,799,448
    11,536,504
    262,944
    2.3
    7
    7
    Oklahoma
    3,959,353
    3,751,351
    208,002
    5.5
    28
    28
    Oregon
    4,237,256
    3,831,074
    406,182
    10.6
    27
    27
    Pennsylvania
    13,002,700
    12,702,379
    300,321
    2.4
    5
    6
    Rhode Island
    1,097,379
    1,052,567
    44,812
    4.3
    43
    43
    South Carolina
    5,118,425
    4,625,364
    493,061
    10.7
    23
    24
    South Dakota
    886,667
    814,180
    72,487
    8.9
    46
    46
    Tennessee
    6,910,840
    6,346,105
    564,735
    8.9
    16
    17
    Texas
    29,145,505
    25,145,561
    3,999,944
    15.9
    2
    2
    Utah
    3,271,616
    2,763,885
    507,731
    18.4
    30
    34
    Vermont
    643,077
    625,741
    17,336
    2.8
    49
    49
    Virginia
    8,631,393
    8,001,024
    630,369
    7.9
    12
    12
    Washington
    7,705,281
    6,724,540
    980,741
    14.6
    13
    13
    West Virginia
    1,793,716
    1,852,994
    -59,278
    -3.2
    39
    37
    Wisconsin
    5,893,718
    5,686,986
    206,732
    3.6
    20
    20
    Wyoming
    576,851
    563,626
    13,225
    2.3
    50
    50
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