LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - By adding an average of 38 new residents each day between July 1, 2013 and July 1, 2014, Kentucky's population topped 4.4 million for the first time, according to new U.S. Census Bureau state population estimates.
Kentucky's precise Census tally for 2014 is 4,413,457 making it the 26th most populated state.
California remained the nation's most populous state in 2014, with 38.8 million residents followed by Texas at 27 million.
Although the list of the 10 most populous states overall was unchanged, Florida passed New York to become the nation's third most populous states as North Carolina moved past Michigan to take the ninth spot.
Another milestone took place in Georgia (ranked 8th), which saw its population surpass 10 million for the first time.
North Dakota was the nation's fastest-growing state over the last year. Its population increased 2.2 percent, followed by the 1.7 percent growth in Nevada and Texas.
Each of the 10 fastest-growing states was in the South or West with the exception of North Dakota.
Six states lost population between July 1, 2013, and July 1, 2014: Illinois (9,972 or -0.08 percent), West Virginia (3,269 or -0.18 percent), Connecticut (2,664 or -0.07 percent), New Mexico (1,323 or -0.06 percent, Alaska (527 or -0.07 percent) and Vermont (293 or -0.05 percent).
The United States as a whole saw its population increase by 2.4 million to 318.9 million, or 0.75 percent.
The Census Bureau produces population estimates each year, allowing the public to gauge the growth and demographic composition of the nation, states and communities.
These statistics use administrative data to estimate population change between census years, using the decennial census count as a starting point. Local governments use estimates to locate services, and estimates are used by the private sector to locate businesses.