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updated: 3/14/2013 7:38 AM

Wisconsin population growing since 2010 census

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Associated Press

MILWAUKEE -- A new U.S. Census Bureau report says Wisconsin's population is growing.

The latest figures show the state's population grew by about 39,000 since the 2010 census to about 5.7 million residents. Dane County experienced strong growth with nearly 40 percent of the state's increase attributed to that county.

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Brown and Milwaukee counties also posted gains. Brown County added more than 5,000 residents to see 2 percent growth. Milwaukee County added 7,400 people with less than 1 percent growth. The population in St. Croix County, which hugs the Minnesota border, grew about 1 percent, adding 900 people since 2010.

The Journal Sentinel says the population in half of Wisconsin's 72 counties declined since 2010.

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