ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK

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New U.S. Census Bureau estimates project that Texas will overtake New York as the second most populous state when the 2000 census is counted, while Florida will pass New York for the No. 3 spot by 2020. The census projects that Southern and Western states will continue to gain, primarily at the expense of Northeastern and Midwestern states. Despite continued immigration patterns, the white population will account for more than half

of the population growth in the West and South.

Population totals in thousands.

TOP 5 STATES IN POPULATION, BY YEAR

Rank State Population

1993

1.California31,399

2.New York18,140

3.Texas17,983

4.Florida13,730

5.Pennsylvania12,050

2000

California34,888

Texas20,039

New York18,237

Florida15,313

Pennsylvania12,296

2020

California47,953

Texas25,592

Florida19,449

New York19,111

Illinois13,218

Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau

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