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State adds 38,033 persons

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The population of Minnesota increased by 38,033 persons or 0.7 percent between July 2007 and July 2008, a slightly slower growth rate than in the preceding year.

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According to new estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau, Minnesota's population on July 1, 2008 was 5,220,393. Since the 2000 Census, Minnesota has grown by 300,901 people or 6.1 percent, ranking the state 19th in the country in the number of people added and 26th in percentage of growth.

In the last year, the Midwestern states of South Dakota, Kansas and Nebraska all increased growth and grew faster than Minnesota. Florida, however, slowed dramatically, growing slower than Minnesota in the past year.

"The housing market and slowing labor market both contributed to lower rates of migration around the country," said Tom Gillaspy, Minnesota State Demographer. "Fewer people are moving and that is changing population growth rates in many states."

"The rapidly shifting population growth rates resulting from economic change may alter the reapportionment of the U.S. House of Representatives after the 2010 Census," Gillaspy added.

The number of congressional members from each state depends on population measured in the Census taken every 10 years. Minnesota is currently projected to lose a seat.

The growth in Minnesota is due largely to an increase in the number of births. Between July 2007 and July 2008, Minnesota recorded 73,657 births and 37,959 deaths for a natural increase of 35,698. Another factor in Minnesota's growth has been migration from abroad. During the past year, Minnesota had a net loss of 7,136 residents to other states, which was offset by international migration to Minnesota of 9,403.

Most population growth in the nation continues to be in the Sunbelt. Utah took the title as the fastest-growing state in the nation with a 2.5 percent increase in the past year. Texas had the largest numeric increase, adding almost 484,000 people in one year. Only Rhode Island and Michigan lost population between 2007 and 2008. North Dakota lost population earlier in the decade, but has shown modest growth recently. The population of Louisiana continues to rebound after the losses suffered in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, although Louisiana is still down nearly 85,000 people from its July 2005 estimate.

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