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December 22,  2010

State's population growth
surpasses its neighbors

Delaware's population grew 14.6% during the first decade of the 21st Century -- easily outpacing Maryland's 9% growth, New Jersey's 4.5% and Pennsylvania's 3.4%, according to initial data on the 2010 headcount released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Every state showed population gains, but the Northeast, at 3.2%, experienced the least. Nationwide, the gain was 9.7% to 308.7 million. During the past 10 years, the state's population increased from 783,600 to 897,934. Data released on Dec. 21 did not provide any details on where the growth occurred. That information will be made public later. Unlike several states, Delaware's congressional representation and Electoral College count remains unchanged since they will remain at the minimum -- three.

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