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10 Facts Series: Projected 5-Year Population Change (Basic Fact 2)
 
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  The United States population is projected to grow to 306 million (an increase of more than 15 million people) in 2009, passing the 300 million mark early in 2007. This represents a 5-year growth rate of 5.3%. It will have taken 39 years, since 1968, to add 100 million people to our population. At current projections, the next 100 million may only take 36 years, as we could pass 400 million by 2043.*  
  Among states, Nevada will continue its population boom over the next five years, increasing at a rate of 17.25%. Although Nevada will grow at a considerably faster pace than any other state, there are 10 states that will actually gain more people. These states, including California, Texas and Florida, will carry two-thirds of the total population growth in the United States between now and 2009 (see second table below).  
  *NOTE: National population projections are affected by changing birth, death and immigration rates, as well as annual state updates. Projection formulas are adjusted frequently by the Census Bureau to reflect these changes.  
     
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Projected 5-Year U.S. Population Change (2004-2009)
Sources: US Census Bureau; Census Report: Demographic Trends in the 20th-Century

PROJECTED 5-YEAR (2004-2009)
RATE OF POPULATION CHANGE BY STATE
--Percent of change--
PROJECTED 5-YEAR (2004-2009)
POPULATION CHANGE BY STATE
--Amount of change--
10 FASTEST GROWING STATES
2004-2009 --By rate of change--
STATE % CHANGE
1) Nevada 17.25%
2) Arizona 13.05%
3) Florida 9.72%
4) Colorado 9.53%
5) Georgia 9.30%
6) Texas 9.28%
7) Utah 7.86%
8) California 7.64%
9) Idaho 7.61%
10) North Carolina 7.00%
TOP 10 STATES BY
5-YEAR POPULATION CHANGE
--2/3 of total U.S. Pop Change--
STATE POP. CHANGE
1) California 2,714,673
2) Texas 2,049,683
3) Florida 1,648,478
4) Georgia 807,399
5) Arizona 726,272
6) North Carolina 588,445
7) Virginia 476,066
8) Colorado 435,649
9) Illinois 397,117
10) New Jersey 389,329
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l What are the likely impacts of the projected population growth in the United States? Do the coming changes to our society and environment require a teaching response from church leaders as we consider our responsibility as communities of faith?
Is your ministry area population projected to grow or decline over the next five years? At what rate? Are there any opportunities or threats to your church ministry based upon the projected change? How will the change affect the mission of your church?
 
     
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