Last week, the US Census Bureau issued its annual report on population estimates and trends from July, 2014 to July 2015.  According to the report, the US population increased by 0.79 percent to 321.4 million people (that’s a lot of coffee!). North Dakota (+2.3%) was the fastest-growing state for the fourth consecutive year, while the rest of the 10 fastest-growing states were all in the South or West.  Seven states actually lost population, led by West Virginia (-0.25%) and Illinois (-0.17%).  Three of the seven are in New England (Connecticut, Maine and Vermont).  North Carolina added over 100,000 people to become the 9th most populous state in the nation and the latest to top 10 million residents.