International migration, birth rate responsible for Wisconsin population growth

New Census estimates show Wisconsin gained nearly 12,000 people last year, good for a 0.2% increase in the state’s population. The modest growth was enough to keep Wisconsin spot as the nation’s 20th most populous state. However, 37 states and the District of Columbia saw faster population growth.

Since 2010, Wisconsin’s population has grown by 1.5%, behind neighboring Minnesota (3.5%) and Iowa (2.5%), but better than Illinois (0.2%) and Michigan (0.4%). According to Census figures, Wisconsin’s growth was driven by international migration and a robust birth rate.