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New York leads nation in population loss

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WRGB) - New York State leads the country in an undesirable category.

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau says New York tops the nation in population loss.

The report says nine states saw a drop in population between July 1, 2017, and July 1, 2018. New York led the way at a loss of 48,510 people.

Illinois (45,116), West Virginia (11,216), Louisiana (10,840), Hawaii (3,712), Mississippi (3,133), Alaska (2,348), Connecticut (1,215) and Wyoming (1,197) also lost people.

New York's population of 19,542,209 is still fourth-highest in the country.

Nevada and Idaho are the nation’s fastest-growing states. Both states saw their populations increase by about 2.1 percent in the last year.

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