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Thursday, December 24, 2009 - 4:28am

State Population Hits 9.8 Million

Georgia’s population has hit 9.8 million people, which keeps the state ranked 9th in the nation. New numbers from the U.S. Census show Georgia’s population grew by more than 131,000 people in the year ending July 1st. As comparison, Georgia’s population reported by the Census in the year 2000 stood at a little more than 8.1 million.

The state's population growth was substantially lower than the estimated increase of 162,447 the previous year.

Eighth-place Michigan is estimated to have lost more than 30,000 residents in the most recent estimate, putting it about 140,000 ahead of Georgia. The state remains about 450,000 ahead of 10th-place North Carolina.

California remains atop the list with nearly 37 million people.