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New US Population: 313.9M

That's up less than 1% as growth remains flat
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 20, 2012 1:11 PM CST

(Newser) – The US Census Bureau now pegs the US population at 313.9 million people, up a scant 2.3 million, or .075%, from last year, reports USA Today. Small as it is, the increase actually reverses five years of slowing growth, notes the AP, though we're still at a level that hasn't been seen since the Great Depression. Birth rates and immigration remain in decline. Also:

  • An oil boom in North Dakota made it the fastest-growing state in terms of percentage, up 2.2%. Next came DC, Texas, Wyoming, and Utah.
  • Texas gained the biggest number of people, 427,400.
  • Rhode Island and Vermont were the only states to lose population.

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  • California remains the most populous state with 38 million residents.
  • In Maine and West Virginia, aging populations mean that deaths now outnumber births.
  • Florida posted a net gain of 200,000 people, a rebound from its recent trend of having more people leaving than moving in.
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