According to the most recent state and county population data from the U.S. Census Bureau, as shown in Chart 1, Nevada had the third fastest growing population in 2015 (excluding Washington D.C.). Nevada’s population grew by 1.9 percent (52,564 people) between 2014 and 2015.
Nevada’s booming population growth is due to both a high net natural population rate (births minus deaths) and net migration rate (domestic and international).
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As shown in Chart 2, Nevada’s net natural population rate, as a percent of total population, was 0.47 percent in 2015—the 18th highest rate in the country. This high percentage of natural population growth is predominately due to a low death rate (0.77 percent, 11th lowest) as their birth rate is middle-of-the-road (1.25 percent, 23rd highest)).
More significantly, as shown in Chart 3, Nevada’s net migration rate, as a percent of total population, was 1.28 percent—the 3rd highest rate in the country. Much of this migration originates within the U.S. with domestic migration rate at 0.97 percent—the 4th highest rate in the country. At the same time, Nevada’s international migration rate was 0.32 percent which ranks as the 14th highest.
Of course, the population change within Nevada is not distributed equally. Nevada only has 17 counties as shown below ranked in order of the highest rate of population change between 2014 and 2015 include:
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J. Scott Moody has nearly 20 years experience as a public policy economist with a specialty in tax policy and has over 180 publications. He has worked for numerous national and state-based think tanks such as the American Conservative Union Foundation, Federalism In Action, Tax Foundation, Heritage Foundation, and The Maine Heritage Policy Center.