Georgia’s population grew by 162,447 between July 1, 2007 and July 1, 2008, a 2 percent increase, making the state the ninth fastest growing state in the country.

According to figures released today by the U.S. Census Bureau, Utah was the nation’s fastest-growing state during that same time period, as its population climbed 2.5 percent to 2.7 million,according to the Census Bureau.

Arizona was the second fastest-growing state, increasing 2.3 percent between 2007 and 2008. Texas, North Carolina and Colorado completed the top five, each with a growth rate of 2.0 percent. Nevada, which had been among the four fastest-growing states each of the last 23 years, grew 1.8 percent and ranked eighth over the most recent period.

Texas gained more people than any other state between July 1, 2007, and July 1, 2008 (484,000), followed by California (379,000), North Carolina (181,000), Georgia (162,000) and Arizona (147,000).

Calhoun Times