The Midwest is growing at a slower pace than any region in the United States, according to new population estimates released by the Census Bureau.
The region’s population measured 67,517,954 according to numbers from the 2010 U.S. Census. Fifteen months later, estimates put the region’s population at 67,669,140.
The increase for the nine-state region of 151,186 was smaller than individual increases for California, Texas and Florida, and only slightly higher than individual increases for Georgia (128,000) and North Carolina (121,000). No Midwestern states ranked among the Top 10 fastest-growing ones.
Michigan was one of three states across the country to lose population.
The report shows the state’s population fell by 7,448 residents to 9,876,187 overall, a loss of .08 percent. The state’s population has declined since 2005, and dropped below the 10 million marker in 2009.
Minnesota was the region’s fastest-growing state, adding 40,936 residents, an increase of approximately 0.8 percent. Indiana and Iowa each posted estimated increases of 0.5 percent, while Ohio’s population increased by 8.449, an increase of 0.1 percent.
Overall, the report showed an estimated U.S. population of 311.6 million, an increase of 2.8 million over the 15-month period measured. The growth rate of 0.92 percent was the lowest measured since the mid-1940s.
“The nation’s overall growth rate is now at its lowest point since before the baby boom,” said Robert Groves, U.S. Census Bureau Director.