Arkansas' Population Grows by More Than 25K

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Census Bureau says Arkansas' population grew by more than 25,000 people in the last year.

That growth, less than one percent between July 2006 and July 2007, ranked in the middle among states in the region.

The Census Bureau reports that the fastest-growing states continue to be in the Rocky Mountain region and the Southeast.

The bureau's estimate for the year ending July 1 shows that Nevada led the nation with a population increase of 2.9 percent.

Michigan and Rhode Island were the only states that lost population in the year.

The Census Bureau estimate is reached by measuring births, deaths and migration into and out of each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

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