Massachusetts is the fastest growing state in the Northeast — with many of its newest residents coming from other countries.

That’s according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin said the numbers show Massachusetts is growing twice as fast as it did in the previous decade.

Since 2010, the population in Massachusetts has increased by an estimated 5.4 percent, reaching almost 7 million residents.

Connecticut was the only Northeast state to lose population since 2010. Rhode Island gained population, but at a slower pace.

Galvin said the driving factor behind Massachusetts’ population growth appears to be international immigration.

He said while Massachusetts continues to lose population by residents moving to other states, the loss is offset by twice that number of people moving to the state from other countries.

Massachusetts Fastest-Growing State in the Northeast

by The Associated Press time to read: 1 min