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US population growth slowest since 1930s

world Updated: Dec 21, 2010 22:33 IST

The US population stood at 308.7 million this year, up 9.7% from 10 years ago in the slowest growth since the 1930s, the Census Bureau said in long-awaited findings on Tuesday.

The Census Bureau put the US population at 308,745,538 as of April 1, 2010, with a steady shift toward southern states such as Arizona, Nevada and Texas.

The growth in the world's largest economy was the slowest since the 1930s, when the population expanded by only 7.3%.

The latest figure "is thus the second lowest of the past century," Census chief Robert Groves told a news conference announcing the results.