Visualization: Population of the States with Components

An interactive visualization of state population, with changes due to births, deaths, and migration.

Each year the United States Census Bureau provides estimates of state population. The estimates of change include natural causes such as birth and deaths, and movement due to migration. These values are provided in two ways: as counts and as rates per thousand state residents.

In many charts and tables, I present the data as the difference from the national rate. This makes it simple to see if a state is above or below the national level. This produces seemingly nonsensical results such as a negative birth rate. A negative value, however, simply means that the birth rate for the state is less than the national rate.

It is important to note these are estimates, not counts as in the decennial census.
The Bureau’s page for this program is Population and Housing Unit Estimates.

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