It’s official! According to the Census Bureau, on April 1, 2010, the total population of the United States was 308,745,538 residents. That’s 27.3 million more people than in 2000 – a ten-year increase of 9.7%.
Over the last decade, Nevada grew at the fastest rate, by 35.1% to 2.7 million. Michigan was the lone shrinking state, declining 0.6% to 9.8 million. Nearly one in eight U.S. residents now lives in California, which at 37.2 million, slots between the national populations of Algeria and Poland. Texas won big – gaining four seats in the House of Representatives – at the expense of Ohio and New York, which lost two each.