Utah has passed Kansas to become the nation’s 33rd largest state, according to population estimates released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Kansas’ population rose by 1.4 percent from 2010 to 2013, the figures show. That’s below the nation’s average of 2.4 percent but above the 0.9 percent average of Midwestern states. Utah’s population, by comparison, rose by 5 percent, bumping Kansas into the 34th slot on the state population list.
Between 2012 and 2013, Kansas and Utah were the only states to swap places on the list. But since the 2010 Census, there have been two other swaps: Arizona has passed Indiana to become the nation’s 15th largest state, and Nebraska has passed West Virginia to become the nation’s 37th largest.
California, with 38,332,521 residents on July 1, 2013, remains the nation’s largest state, followed by Texas, New York, Florida and Illinois.
Wyoming, with 582,658 residents, remains the nation’s smallest, followed by Vermont, North Dakota, Alaska and South Dakota.
The Census Bureau bases its estimates on births, deaths and migration numbers that are based in part on U.S. income tax returns.