Mississippi is shrinking, Census Bureau predicts; Louisiana is worse

Published 8:28 am Saturday, December 22, 2018

JACKSON (AP) — The Census Bureau says Mississippi joined eight other states and Puerto Rico in losing population from July 2017 to July 2018.

A report released Wednesday estimates that Mississippi, with a population of nearly 3 million, was down by 3,122 residents.

Puerto Rico was hit hard by Hurricane Maria in September 2017 and lost 129,848 people during the year ending this July.

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The states with the largest decline in population were in New York, down 48,510; Illinois, down 45,116; West Virginia, down 11,216; and Louisiana, down 10,840.

Other states losing population were Hawaii, down 3,712 residents; Alaska, down 2,348; Connecticut, down 1,215; and Wyoming, down 1,197.

All numbers are estimates from the Census Bureau.