AR Population Grows 1.3%

UNDATED New estimates from the U-S Census Bureau place Arkansas' population at about 2.81 million people. That's an increase of 1.3%, or about 35,000 people, from a year ago.

The estimates were released today and are from the Census Bureau's July population figures.

The bureau says the nation's population grew by one percent in the 12-month period, which means Arkansas' growth rate is higher than the national average.

The Census Bureau says Arizona is the fastest-growing state, proportionally, growing by 3.6%, and that Texas gained the greatest number of people in the period -- 580,000.

Louisiana has lost nearly five percent of its population over the past year _ the most of any state. Officials blame much of the loss of 220,000 people on Hurricane Katrina.

Other states losing population included New York, Rhode Island, Michigan and the District of Columbia.

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