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Dec 25, 2015 10:32 AM

NH holds its own as Connecticut, Maine and Vermont lose population

The Associated Press and staff reports

CONCORD — New Hampshire was one of the few New England states to grow in population, with roughly 2,600 people added to the 1.33 million state total between July of 2014 and July of 2015.

The latest figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show that Connecticut, Maine and Vermont were among seven states in the country to lose population in the last fiscal year.

Federal statistics released earlier this week show that Illinois, West Virginia, Mississippi and New Mexico were the other states to lose population.

States that gained the most in population include North Dakota, the nation’s fastest-growing state for the fourth year in a row. That state is followed by Colorado, the District of Columbia and Nevada.

Last year the total U.S. population grew 0.79 percent to 321.4 million. NH's growth rate for the year measured at 0.20 percent.

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