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More Minnesotans: State's population growth is small but steady

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Minnesota’s population grew by approximately 2.8 percent, according to the latest population estimates released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Star Tribune reports that in the past year, Minnesota added more population than any state in the Midwest in 2014. Over the past four years, Minnesota added 146,755 people, bringing its population to 5.5 million.

Minnesota lost 6,700 residents to other states in 2014, but added more than 14,000 through international migration. The growth in international migration is due to a combination of highly skilled workers moving here for jobs and groups such as the Somali community, which attract more immigrants and refugees to Minnesota, according to state demographer Susan Brower.

North Dakota is the nation's fastest-growing state, with a nearly 10 percent jump in population since the last census.

Across the Midwest, Nebraska’s population grew by three percent. South Dakota’s population grew nearly five percent. Wisconsin's population expanded by 1.2 percent. Illinois lost population in 2014 because so many people left for other states.

RadioIowa noted that the figures show that Iowa’s population has grown by 60, 257 since the 2010 census, representing a two percent increase in the past four years.

Meanwhile, the Detroit Free Press reported that Michigan's population drop almost cost it a congressional seat. The newspaper said that new Census Bureau population estimates should allow Michigan to retain its 14 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives--but only barely.

Due to its dwindling population, Michigan lost five congressional seats since 1982.

The estimates show Michigan's population sliding from ninth to 10th nationwide, overtaken by North Carolina.

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