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Latest Census numbers: Washington, Oregon populations on the rise

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SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that Washington’s population grew by nearly 88,000 people from July 2013 to July 2014.

Estimates released earlier this week show Washington had just over 7 million residents as of July 1. That’s up 1.3 percent from a year before.

Meanwhile, Oregon gained about 42,000 people, or about a 1 percent increase, over the last year. Oregon had nearly 4 million people as of July 1.

Washington grew by 5 percent between 2010 and 2014, while Oregon grew by 3.6 percent in that time.

Nationally, the population grew by about 0.75 percent to 318.9 million people.

North Dakota was the nation’s fastest-growing state over the last year. California remained the nation’s most populous state with 38.8 million residents.

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