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Missouri's population growing more slowly than nation's

JEFFERSON CITY | New Census Bureau figures show Missouri's population is growing at a slower rate than the national average.

The Census Bureau estimates that Missouri's population grew by about 31,000 people between July 1, 2008, and July 1, 2009. With a total population of almost 6 million people, that equates to a growth rate of barely one-half percent.

Nationally, the population grew by 0.86 percent during that same time.

The Census Bureau says Texas gained the most people during the past year. But the largest percentage growth occurred in Wyoming, followed by Utah and then Texas.

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