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Wait—Utah Is the Fastest-Growing State?

Yep, thanks to its high birthrate and attractiveness to immigrants.
Source: Jim Urquhart/Reuters

The report comes out every year, a bit of demographic horse-racery: Which U.S. state grew the quickest? It’s usually some sun-drenched locale, or more recently, an oil-drenched one—North Dakota and its shale boom have won for four years in a row. Texas is a perennial favorite among the Top 10. So is Washington, D.C., small and condo-hungry.

But this year, I clicked open the email from the U.S. Census Bureau to find the winner was… Utah?


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