D.C. Tops States as Fastest Growing

Population grew 2.7 percent from April 2010 to July 2011

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    D.C. is growing faster than any state in the nation.

    New 2011 census estimates show the District's population climbed by 2.7 percent from April 2010 to July -- the first time the District led states in growth since the early 1940s.

    D.C. ranked 35th in percent growth between the 2000 and 2010 censuses

    Texas was next-fastest growing, followed by Utah, Alaska, Colorado and North Dakota.

    As a whole, the U.S. population grew by 2.8 million, reaching 311.6 million people. That growth of 0.92 percent was the lowest since the mid-1940s.

    Three states -- Rhode Island, Michigan and Maine -- lost population.

    The numbers are the first set of state estimates released since the 2010 census.

    California remained the most populous state, followed by Texas, New York, Florida and Illinois.