surpasses its neighbors
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.