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New Estimate Shows Minn. Population Tops 5.4M, Iowa at 3M

Updated: 12/30/2013 10:39 AM
Created: 12/30/2013 10:27 AM KAALtv.com

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Feeling a bit more crowded around town? That's because more people are calling Minnesota home.

A new estimate released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau shows the state's population is still climbing. By the bureau's estimate, there were now 5,420,380 people living in Minnesota as of July 1. That's up almost 41,000 from last year's projection.

The count isn't as precise as the once-a-decade population surveys. The last one of those was done in 2010 and put the Minnesota population at 5,303,925 people.

By this year's estimate, Minnesota clocks in as the 21st most populous state. Neighboring Wisconsin comes in at No. 20 with more than 5.7 million people.

IOWA

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Newly released figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show Iowa continues a trend of slow population increase. The state has an estimated population of 3,090,416 people as of July 1 last year. That's an increase of 15,377 - about a half a percent increase in a year.

The state's population is up about 1.4 percent from the 2010 census.

Gary Krob, coordinator of the State Data Center Program which keeps track of Iowa's census figures, says Iowa has seen 26 straight years of population increase. The state ranks 30th in total population and is 32nd in the nation in the percentage of population increase from 2010 to 2013.

Nebraska has grown faster showing a 2.3 percent increase from 2010 to 2013 and a 0.70 percent increase in a year.

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